Sampson County Tobacco Research Referendum

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The Sampson County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Five polling places have been established within Sampson County. The polling locations are as follows:

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Sampson County, 55 Agriculture Pl., Clinton, NC 28328

McLamb Farm Services, 2755 Union Grove Church Rd., Dunn, NC 28334

Helena Chemical Company, 3260 McLamb Rd., Newton Grove, NC 28366

Nutrien Ag Solutions, 402 W College St., Salemburg, NC 28385

Meherrin Ag and Chemical, 121 Bowen Rd., Harrells, NC 28444

This referendum is being held to let tobacco growers decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1991, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.

A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support tobacco research and education. The assessment is ten cents per hundred pounds of tobacco produced in North Carolina. The funds, about $250,000 annually, are collected at buying stations by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the Tobacco Research Commission to research and extension projects for tobacco at NC State University. For more information on the referendum, please call your local N.C. Cooperaitve Extension office at 910-592-7161.

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