Nickels for Know-How Referendum | Happening 11.17.22

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The Alamance County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the Agriculture Building located at 209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Rd. Burlington, NC 27217.

Nickels for Know-How was started in 1951 as a voluntary assessment on feed and fertilizer produced and purchased in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services collects the money from manufacturers of feed and fertilizer. Manufacturers build the cost (15 cents/ton) into the price of their products.

This money is then transferred to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation where the funds are used to support research, teaching and extension programs at NC State University.

The program raises about $1.4 million annually for research, teaching and extension programs. The average farm pays about $40 into the program each year. The program must be renewed through a referendum every six years. So far, the program has been renewed each time with over 90% approval. It is time to renew the program once again. The referendum vote will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Alamance County Center on November 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Manufacturers originally contributed five cents to the price of feed and fertilizer. Over the years that has been increased to 15 cents. If you or your family buy feed or fertilizer, you can vote. Consumers decided if they wish to continue the program. The referendum must pass with a two-thirds positive vote.

For more information please contact us at 336.570.6740.