The Corn Growers Association of North Carolina is holding a referendum next Wednesday, February 22nd to continue assessing farmers for the maintenance of the organization and all it provides to the state’s corn growers. Wade Byrd, past president and North Carolina corn farmer:
“This is a very important referendum, we’re going to be asking for a cent and a quarter assessment per bushel, and we have been operating at a bare minimum in the past, and we continue to increase our research budget, as a necessity = so that farmers have un-biased research and results of testing. We have a lot of key people in the corn field in positions in our state, and we want to keep them on staff, Ron Heiniger and his staff. We want to do everything we can to make their jobs as easy as we can and provide them with the proper equipment.”
Speaking of equipment, the Association takes up the slack left by budget cuts to the university system research programs:
“We have just, in the last two years, bought Ron a new planter that enhances his testing tremendously, and also we have updated a combine for harvesting these plots, and we just continue to see an increased need for research and get these un-biased results. We’re helping fund some of his research help, and it’s just imperative that we pass this referendum.”
Byrd explains that the association supports more than research in North Carolina for North Carolina farmers:
“North Carolina Corn Growers, we support the national organization, and we also support the US Grains Council, we currently have a member serving on the board of the US Grains Council, Darren Armstrong, and we feel that what they do is imperative to corn production and corn profitability in North Carolina as they strive to open up export markets.”
Byrd gives the particulars of the referendum:
“The referendum will be held next Wednesday, February 22nd, voting will be in the ag extension office in each county. The Extension agent is in charge of handling the ballot box, and the ballots. Voting will be done from 8:00 am until 5:00pm, and anyone that’s involved in the production of corn is eligible to vote. If you’re a grower and you have two full-time employees that help you on the farm, they are eligible to vote.
Folks, get out to your Extension office and let’s support this referendum and get it passed.”
North Carolina corn grower Wade Byrd.