The North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association (NCSGGA) has announced that an Assessment Referendum will take place on August 7, 2019. Polling places will be located throughout the state in each county extension office. This assessment is for a six-year period on all small grains (wheat, rye, oats, barley, rape seed/canola and grain sorghum).
The North Carolina Board of Agriculture approved the request for this referendum at their meeting in Raleigh, NC on February 26th, 2019. The assessment will be ½ of 1 % on wheat, rye, oats, barley, rape seed/canola and grain sorghum for a six year period. This assessment period will begin on January 1, 2020 and will continue until December 31s,t 2025.
NCSGGA President Timmy Thomas of Timberlake, NC said, “This assessment is important to the small grain growers of North Carolina to continue the work of the association in Grower Education, Research, Marketing, Administration, and enhancing ways to grow small grain more profitable for farmers in North Carolina.”
All North Carolina Farmers who grow small grain over the age of 18, as of August 7, 2019 are eligible to vote during regular business hours of their local county office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Voting will also be available at the Blacklands Farm Managers Field Day this year which will be held at the Coastal Carolina Cotton Gin in Fairfield on August 7th.
For more details, contact Dan Weathington, NCSGGA Executive Director: 910-736-8258, Nikki Johnson, NCSGGA Communications & Outreach Education: 919-809-8657, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, or your local county office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.