Nickels for Know How Referendum

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The Cherokee County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2016. Douglas Clement, the Cherokee County Extension Director, said a polling place will be held at the Cherokee County Center, 40 Peachtree Street, Murphy.

The referendum is being held to let users and producers of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.

A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support agricultural research and education. The assessment is fifteen cents per ton on feed and fertilizer produced in North Carolina.

The funds, about $1.4 million annually, are collected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the NC Carolina Agricultural Foundation Board of Directors to support agricultural research and extension projects at NC State University benefitting agriculture in North Carolina.

For more information on the referendum please, call your County Extension Office at 828-837-2210 or email at