The North Carolina Board of Agriculture, in a conference call meeting approved the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association request for a referendum on their checkoff assessment. The request from the Board was approved, and CEO of the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association Bob Sutter outlines the details of the upcoming referendum:
“It’s April 16 and the voting will take place in county FSA offices. There are 34 counties in NC that planted peanuts in 2012 and producers are urged to go in and vote as to whether to continue the Association for the next six years. We have done a lot since 1953 when we came into existence, for research and promotion, and we encourage producers to go in and support the Association.
The assessment is $3 per ton and that is paid on all tons that are produced in the year. Last year we had 105,000 acres and we yielded close to 4200 pounds per acre, the year before it was about 80,000 acres.
On April 16, producers just need to go to the FSA office in their county and say they produced peanuts in 2012, that will be verified by FSA, and then they can vote, for or against.
The results will be available the next day.”
For additional details, contact your local FSA office.
Bob Sutter, CEO of the NC Peanut Growers Association.