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October 26, 2006

Tobacco Associates referendum is Nov. 1

The Tobacco Associates Export Promotion Referendum will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1. County tobacco agents and county Extension agents can provide information on individual county voting sites.

The referendum will allow tobacco growers to decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment programs for promoting their leaf in the world market. State law requires that a referendum be held every three years.

The referendum is open to all tobacco farmers -- 18 years or older at the time of the referendum – who were engaged producing flue-cured tobacco during 2006 and were listed on the Farm Service Agency Form 578. “Eligibility to Vote” requirements will be posted at polling places.

A two-thirds favorable vote will allow the continuation of an assessment to support ongoing export promotion programs. The assessment is 20 cents per 100 pounds (1/5 of one cent per pound).

If approved, the funds will be collected at the marketing centers and buying stations. Tobacco Associates will use the collected funds for the ongoing educational and promotional activities aimed at stimulating export demand for tobacco.

Posted by Natalie at October 26, 2006 02:23 PM