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November News

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Nickels for Know-How

Original Article Written by, Dr. William Kelley, Henderson County Extension Director
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 vote will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Tyrrell County Center on November 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Manufacturers originally contributed five cents to the price of feed and fertilizer. Over the years that has been increased to 15 cents. If you or your family buy feed or fertilizer, you can vote. Consumers decided if they wish to continue the program. The referendum must pass with a two thirds positive vote.
Some of the ways the program helps is by the following:

  • Provides workshops for high school vocational ag teachers
  • Provides on-campus internships and annual scholarships to students
  • Provides funding for nearly 900 endowments
  • Provides over $1million in scholarships to 620 undergraduate students each year
  • Supports ag commodity, leadership and legislative efforts through its support of agricultural awareness campaigns, CALS commodity relations activities and the annual CALS Tailgate-NC State’s largest alumni and friends event.

These are just some of the ways Nickels supports agriculture in North Carolina. Be sure to come to the Extension office and vote on November 17, 2022. The polling location is as follows:

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Tyrrell County Center
407 Martha Street
Columbia, NC 27925

This program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years. A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support agricultural research and education. The assessment is fifteen cents per hundred pounds on feed and fertilizer produced in North Carolina.
The funds, about $1.4 million annually, are collected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and then allocated by the NC Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.’s 148 volunteer Board of Directors to support agricultural research and extension projects at North Carolina State University benefitting agriculture in North Carolina.

For more information on the referendum, please call your County Extension Center at 252-796-1581 or email