Growers to vote on tomato referendum
The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. Assessment fees would support research, education and marketing to promote N.C. tomatoes.
The proposed term is six years, beginning with the 2017 crop. All N.C. farmers engaged in the production of tomatoes on a commercial basis, including owners of farms where tomatoes are produced, tenants and sharecroppers, are eligible to vote.
Ballots will be mailed to growers on March 2. Anyone not receiving ballots by March 6 will have 10 days to apply for an official ballot from the association by contacting Ellen Moss, executive secretary of the NCTGA, by mail at 2491 St. Paul’s Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792; by phone at 828-685-3989; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growers should indicate their preference and return ballots by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on March 23.