Tobacco Associates Export Promotion Referendum Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

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A check-off referendum will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in each flue-cured producing county in North Carolina. Flue-cured tobacco growers will vote on continuing their support of export promotion and expansion for US flue-cured tobacco by Tobacco Associates, Inc. for the marketing years 2019, 2020, 2021. The referendum will be conducted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Polling places will be open during normal business hours at each flue-cured producing County Extension office. Other polling locations may be announced by the County Extension office. The referendum will include the question of continuance of the authorization of annual assessments not to exceed one-fifth (1/5) of one cent per pound. The exact assessment to be approved by the North Carolina Tobacco Associates Board members.

WHO: Flue-cured tobacco farmers engaged in the production of flue-cured tobacco during the 2018 crop and who share directly in the risk of production of the tobacco crop or in the proceeds of sale of tobacco grown in North Carolina are eligible to vote.

WHAT: Tobacco producers are being urged to vote for the continuation of their Export Promotion Programs conducted by Tobacco Associates for the next three marketing years (2019, 2020, 2021). A positive vote for Tobacco Associates will allow the continuation of an assessment not to exceed 1/5 of one cent per pound for the growers’ export promotion programs.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 

WHERE: The voting will be conducted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at each flue-cured producing County Extension office during normal office hours.