Assessment referendum coming up for tomato growers
The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct an August referendum on assessments per harvested commercial tomatoes.
The proposed assessment continues the rate of $20 per acre and would last for six years, starting with the 2023 crop. All commercial tomato producers in North Carolina, including farm owners, tenants and sharecroppers are eligible to vote. Funds generated by the assessment would support research, education and programs to promote Tar Heel tomatoes. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences would collect the assessment and turn the money over to the N.C. Tomato Growers Association to be administered by the board of directors.