Referendum to support agricultural research in November

The NC – Wake County Center Cooperative Extension is one of many places in North Carolina where people who buy feed or fertilizer can vote in an agricultural referendum called Nickels for Know-How.

Voting will take place Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Wake County Center, located at 4001 Carya Drive in Raleigh.

Nickels for Know-How is a voluntary assessment of pet food and fertilizers produced and purchased in North Carolina. Our state’s farmers started Nickels for Know-How in a referendum in 1951, and the General Assembly allowed a vote on this self-help program. Manufacturers initially added a nickel – five cents – to the price of their feed and fertilizer to support the referendum. Over time, the amount collected grew to 15 cents.

“The referendum is being held to allow feed or fertilizer users and producers to decide whether they wish to continue with this self-assessment program,” said Wake County Referendum Chairman Zachary Parker. . “The program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.”

A two-thirds vote in favor will mean that producers are ready to continue supporting agricultural research and education. The assessment is 15 cents per hundred pounds on feed and fertilizers produced in North Carolina.

“The Nickels for Know-How program has been an important part of Wake County’s agricultural history for the past 62 years,” said Wake County Commissioner Vickie Adamson. “It is essential that those who have an impact on these dollars express their opinion on whether or not the situation should continue.”

The funds, approximately $1.4 million annually, are raised by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and then allocated by the NC Carolina Agricultural Foundation Board of Trustees, Inc. to support agricultural research and extension projects at North Carolina State University benefiting agriculture in North Carolina.

For more information on the referendum, please call the Wake County Extension Office at 919-250-1100.

Lana T. Arthur