HENDERSON — The Vance County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension announces that the Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

Paul McKenzie, agricultural extension agent, reports that tobacco growers may cast their votes at the County Extension Office at 305 Young St. in Henderson.

McKenzie explained that the referendum is being held to let tobacco growers decide if they wish to continue a self-assessment program that funds tobacco research. This program, in place since 1991, was established by state law, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.

A two-thirds favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support tobacco research and education. The assessment is 10 cents per 100 pounds of tobacco produced in North Carolina. The funds, about $250,000 annually, are collected at buying stations by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the Tobacco Research Commission to research and extension projects for tobacco at N.C. State University.

For more information on the referendum, please call the Vance County Extension Office at 252-438-8188.