The Bladen County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
Matthew Strickland, County Referendum Chairman, said one polling place has been established in the County at the North Carolina Extension Service- Bladen County Center, located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.
Matthew Strickland explained that the referendum is being held to let tobacco growers decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1991, 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 tobacco research and education. The assessment is ten cents per hundred pounds of tobacco produced in North Carolina.
The funds, about $250,000 annually, are collected at buying stations by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and then allocated by the Tobacco Research
Commission to research and extension projects for tobacco at NC State University.
For more information on the referendum, please call the Bladen County Extension Office at (910)-862-