Commercial Irish potato growers to vote on assessment
Commercial Irish potato growers in Beaufort, Camden, Carteret, Currituck, Hyde, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Tyrrell and Washington counties will vote in March on the renewal of an assessment program that supports promotional and research work of the N.C. Potato Association Inc. Official ballots will be mailed March 15 to all potato growers eligible to vote on the six-year assessment.
The plan must be approved by two-thirds of those voting in order to continue the program.
Under the Enabling Act legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly, a referendum on the assessment program must be held every three to six years. Potato growers currently pay 1 cent per 100 weight of potatoes sold to help support research and promotion. This vote is to continue the same 1-cent assessment of potatoes sold. The assessment would be from 2012 through 2017.
Growers should mail the ballots to the Northeast Marketing Center at P.O. Box 2066, Elizabeth City, NC 27906. They must be received by March 28, 2012.
For more, contact Tommy Fleetwood at the NCDA&CS Northeast Marketing Center at 252-331-4773.