Grain farmers’ referendum vote Aug. 7

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 03:25 PM

Tri-County extensions offices will be polling places Wednesday, Aug. 7, for an assessment referendum by the N.C. Small Grain Growers Association.

Polling places are in each county extension office of the state, according to a statement from the NCSGGA.

The N.C. Board of Agriculture approved the referendum request in February. The assessment is one-half of 1 percent on wheat, rye, oats, barley, rape seed/canola and grain sorghum for a six-year period starting Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Farmers ages 18 and older who grow small grain after eligible to vote.

The Tri-County offices are located at:

• Vance: 305 Young Street, Henderson.

• Granville: 208 Wall Street, Oxford.

• Warren: 158 Rafters Lane, Warrenton.

In a prepared statement Clifton Paul, the NCSGGA president, said the assessment would help continue work in the association for grower education, research, marketing, administration and enhancing ways to grow small grain making it more profitable for North Carolina farmers.

More information is available from Dan Weathington, the executive director of the NCSGGA.