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Tobacco referendum coming in November

On Thursday, Nov. 18, North Carolina tobacco growers will get to choose whether to continue paying 10 cents per 100 pounds of flue-cured and burley tobacco sold in order to support tobacco research and education.

Since 1991, the Tobacco Research Check-off has allocated annual funds tobacco-related projects at N.C. State University, currently about $250,000 per year. Farmers have benefited from the check-off in many ways, including annual training sessions, support for Good Agricultural Practices certification and development of new tobacco varieties.

The most recent referendum in 2015 passed with 94.5 percent support. A two-thirds vote is needed to continue collecting the money.
Contact the county Cooperative Extension office for more information.

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