Corn Growers Association of North Carolina Notice of Referendum

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The Corn Growers Association of North Carolina will be conducting a referendum for the assessment of corn sold to first purchasers in North Carolina on March 14, 2023.

Voting will take place at County Extension offices during regular business hours.

The current assessment is 1.25 cents per bushel, and the Association is proposing to change the assessment to .30% of settlement. This will bring the Association’s
assessment in line with other row crop assessments across North Carolina.

If the Association realizes an increase in funds they will be applied to an endowed chair position at NC State University for the Extension Cropping Specialist-Corn position. This endowment will ensure the position will be filled with the highest qualified candidates in perpetuity. Additionally, any increase in revenue will cover the increased cost of conducting research which benefits all North Carolina corn producers.

The votes will collected and tabulated by NC State University and results published by North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

The Corn Growers Association of North Carolina is governed by an all-volunteer board of farmers and industry representatives. The Association is committed to promoting production agriculture, funding research that benefits corn growers across the state, and representing all the state’s farmers nationally and internationally.

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. Why is the referendum held? North Carolina law declares it to be in the public
interest that the farmers engaged in the production of corn may have the
opportunity and privilege to act jointly in raising reasonable and necessary funds
to promote all phases of marketing, production and use.
2. Under what question does the corn producer vote? The producers vote for,
or against, an assessment of .30% of settlement of corn marketed.
3. Who will conduct the referendum? The Corn Growers Association of North
Carolina, Incorporated, has been designated by the State Board of Agriculture
under authority of the law to conduct this referendum.
4. Who is eligible to vote in the referendum? All farmers currently engaged in
the production of #2 yellow dent corn intended for livestock feed, including
tenants, sharecroppers or other persons sharing in production income of corn.
5. Where will the polling places be located? Polling places will be set up in one
or more places in each corn producing county. Your County Extension Director or
agent will have the information as to the exact polling place(s) in your county.
6. If a person cannot be present on the date of the referendum, is there any
way he can vote? No, he must vote at the places and times designated in the
referendum. It is not possible to vote by mail, proxy, or agent during this
7. What time can I vote? During regular business hours of your County
Cooperative Extension Office.
8. May a person who has more than one farm producing corn vote for each
farm. No farmer, whether an individual, partnership or corporation firm,
association or other legal entity, will be entitled to more than one vote.
9. What number of favorable votes are required to carry the referendum? Two-
thirds of the votes cast must be in favor of the assessment for it to pass.
10. Can I get a refund? Yes, the law provides that any producer who does not
wish to support the program may apply for a refund of any money collected by
the buyer under the assessment program by writing within 30 days directly to the
Corn Growers Association Treasurer, at P. O. Box 1655, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.

13. Who will administer the program after the referendum carries? The
Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee formulate a budget to
be used in promotion and market development programs, funding research and
education. The Association is also actively working on funding an endowed chair
position at NC State University to ensure that the NC State Cropping Specialist for
Corn is filled with the most qualified candidates available, in perpetuity.
14. Will the corn producers know how much money is collected as a result of
the assessment? The Corn Growers Association of N. C. will make an annual
report at its scheduled Annual Meeting as required by law. At this time the report
will be available for anyone to review.
15. Where can I get further information regarding the referendum? From your
County Extension Office, Rhonda Garrison with the Corn Growers Association,
(919) 803-4778 and Karla Frizzell of N. C. State University (919) 515-3252.
16. How long will the assessment be in effect? For a six-year period beginning
with the 2023 crop harvest season and continuing through the 2028.