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N.C. small grain growers to vote assessment Aug. 7

A farmer referendum on whether to continue an assessment on sales of seven types of grain will take place Aug. 7, the N.C. Small Grain Growers Association has announced.

The assessment amount would be half of 1 percent on sales of wheat, rye, oats, barley, rapeseed, canola and grain sorghum. The assessment period would run from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2019.

All North Carolina small-grain growers who are at least 18 years old by Aug. 7 are eligible to vote during regular business hours at their local N.C. Cooperative Extension office. For more details, contact Dan Weathington, executive director of the association, at 919-809-8657.

“This assessment is important to the small grain growers of North Carolina to continue the work of the association in grower education, research, marketing and enhancing ways to grow small grain more profitably for farmers in North Carolina,” said Clifton Paul of Grantsboro, the association’s president.

The N.C. Board of Agriculture approved the association’s request for the referendum at its Feb. 26 meeting.

North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association Assessment Referendum is important for the following reasons:

1. Mission – “Providing Positive Change for Small Grain Growers” since July 1986. (27 years)

2. Revenues collected are spent for Research, Education, Promotion and Marketing for the Small Grain Industry.

3. Support for FFA, 4-H and National Wheat Growers Associations

4. Programs include promotion through Extension/ School Systems teaching young people importance of Agriculture and where their food is produced.

5. Demonstrations at Farm Shows and Community Ag Awareness Programs stress importance of the farmers in providing food and fiber for our nation/world.

6. Field days are held in five areas of the state for demonstrating our research applicable to those different areas.

7. We have 20 districts (based on acreage) in the state represented on our Board of Director. There are also 4 Agribusiness persons which serve on our board. Copies of our financial statement are distributed each year at our annual meeting during the Joint Conference and are available at our office located 3822 Bland Road, Raleigh, NC 27609, 919-809-8657.

8. Rate of Assessment is .005 of total money farmer receives. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.