Board of Agriculture to hold conference call May 28

The N.C. Board of Agriculture will meet by conference call at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, to vote on a referendum request by the N.C. Peach Growers’ Society.

Members of the public can listen to the conference call in the Hall of Fame Room of the Agriculture Building, 2 W. Edenton St.

The Peach Growers’ Society is seeking approval to conduct a referendum among growers to see if they want to set up a self-assessment to support research and promotion. The annual assessment would vary from $100 to $350 per farm, based on the number of peach trees the grower has. The referendum would take place this summer and cover crop years 2013 through 2018.

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