Mixed results on tobacco and dairy referendums
Two producer referendums in January yielded mixed results for the sponsoring organizations.
The North Carolina Dairy Industry Referendum on Jan. 20 did not pass, said Norman Jordan Jr. president of the N.C. Dairy Producers Association. The referendum would have established a three-year assessment program to help fund dairy industry education, research and promotion.
On Jan. 27, flue-cured tobacco growers approved the Tobacco Associates Export Referendum for another three years, the organization announced. The self-assessment supports export promotion and expansion programs conducted by Tobacco Associates Inc.
Each referendum required a two-thirds majority for approval.
Jordan said the result of the dairy referendum was disappointing, but the association appreciated the support of those who voted yes. “NCDPA will continue to represent the interests of N.C. dairy producers, as it has in the past, for the benefit of the entire industry,” he said. “This is an all-volunteer organization and the board of directors are all N.C. dairy farmers. We encourage N.C. dairy producers to support the organization by becoming members and by becoming actively involved in the affairs of the organization.”
The exact amount of the tobacco export assessment will be approved by Tobacco Associates’ Board of Directors, but it will not exceed one-fifth of 1 cent per pound of tobacco sold. The assessment will be in effect for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 crop marketing years.