Farmers to vote in Nickels for Knowhow referendum on Nov. 17

Published 4:33 pm Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Davie County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17.

“There will be one polling station in the county located at the County Extension Office,” said Colleen Church, Davie Extension director. “Our office moved over the summer and is no longer on Main Street beside the courthouse.  We are now in the Annex Building at 642 Wilkesboro St., Mocksville.”

Church said 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 15 cents per hundred pounds on feed and fertilizer produced in North Carolina.

The funds, about $1.4 million annually, are collected by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and then allocated by the NC Carolina Agricultural Foundation’s 148 volunteer board of directors to support agricultural research and extension projects at N.C. State University benefitting agriculture in North Carolina.

For more information on the referendum, call the Davie Extension office at 336.753.6100.