A Haywood County tobacco research referendum will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Bill Skelton, County Extension director, said the polling place has been established in the county at the Haywood County Extension Office, 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville.
Skelton explained that 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 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support tobacco research and education. The assessment is 10 cents per 100 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 N.C. State University.
For more information on the referendum, call your County Extension Office at 828-456-3575.