The 65 year old Nickels for Know How program is up for referendum on Tuesday, November 1st. Jimmy Gentry, President of the North Carolina State Grange Association, partnering with North Carolina Farm Bureau for Nickels for Know How explains the program with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison:
“This is a program in which an assessment is taken at the point of sale for all people that purchase either feed or fertilizer. The assessment is a total of .15 cents per ton that goes to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, primarily for research, teaching and Extension work there.”
So, you’re essentially supplementing funds that they’re getting both publically and privately, then?
“That’s exactly right. And those funds have been important to the University, currently generate over a $1 million annually, probably closer to $1.4 million, and that’s a great help to the university.”
Now, on Tuesday, you’re having a referendum to continue this program.
“That’s right, the referendum is required every six years for re-approval, so it’s time to do that again. And so that referendum will be occurring across the state.”
Now, to participate in this referendum, who do we need to be, and what do we need to do?
“The people who are eligible to vote, is anyone who purchases either feed or fertilizer in North Carolina, and all they will need to do is go to their local extension office, or learn from their local Extension office where the polling places will be held in each county, and go vote that day.”
Anything we need to add here?
“Well, I just encourage all those that are eligible to go vote, and I would say for the assessment, it’s been passed every six years since 1951, and with an approval of over 90%. So, we’re looking forward to the referendum and hope that it passes by a great margin again this year.”