SMITHFIELD – The date for the Johnston County Tobacco Research Referendum has been announced. It will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
Bryant Spivey Johnston County Extension Director said, “The polling location will be at the Johnston County Agriculture Center from 8 am to 5 pm.”
Daniel Wellons has been appointed as chairman of the Johnston County referendum. The 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 two-thirds 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, call the Johnston County Extension Office at 919-989-5380.