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North Carolina Cotton Producers Association Announces Referendum

Assessments Fund Improvements in Cotton Production, Marketing & Research

Andrew Burleson, president of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association, and a cotton producer in Stanly County, has announced that a referendum will be held on Friday April 01, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the question of the continuation of the assessment, or “check-off”, on cotton for another six-year period.

Purpose of assessment: The assessment allows North Carolina cotton producers to assess themselves to provide funds to pay for improvements in cotton production, marketing and research and to promote the general interests of North Carolina’s cotton industry.

Amount of the assessment: The referendum authorizes up to one dollar per-bale, although the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association board of directors plans to continue the assessment at the current level of .80 cents per-bale for the foreseeable future.

Voting: All North Carolina cotton producers who planted cotton in 2015, and intend to plant cotton in 2016, are eligible to vote in the referendum by going to their county office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, on Friday April 01, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Method of collection of assessment: The assessment will continue to be collected by the gin and remitted to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which then remits the assessments to the NC Cotton Producers Association, a nonprofit organization established in 1954, with offices in Nashville, NC.

Contact David Parrish at 252-459-3130.

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