Nickels for Know-How Referendum Coming November 17, 2022

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Nickels for know how vote logo.If you or your family buy feed or fertilizer, please make plans to vote in the Nickels for Know-How Referendum, slated for Thursday, November 17, 2022. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cleveland County Center located at 130 S. Post Road, Suite 1, Shelby, NC  28152.

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 must pass with a two-thirds positive vote.

Some of the ways the program helps is by providing:

  • funding for cutting-edge agricultural research projects at NC State
  • workshops for high school vocational ag teachers
  • on-campus internships and annual scholarships to students
  • funding for nearly 900 endowments
  • over $ 1 million in scholarships to 620 undergraduate students each year
  • awareness campaigns to support agricultural commodity, leadership and legislative efforts

The referendum ballot is depicted below:

Nickles for Know-How Referendum Official Ballot

Please make plans to vote on November 17. Supporting Nickels for Know-How keeps a good thing growing!