Corn farmers who believe they and their peers should continue to put up a united front for commodity marketing purposes, research, education and legislation will soon have an opportunity to make their wishes felt. On Feb. 22 there will be a vote for a six-year continuation of their commodity assessment program.
The Board of Directors for the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina is asking farmers to continue the assessment, which is currently at a rate of 3/4 cent per bushel on all corn marketed in the state. Even if the assessment passes, any corn grower may get a refund of levied assessments from the Corn Growers Association if they request it within 30 days from the date it is collected.
CGANC president Darren Armstrong recently announced the campaign to continue the assessment during the Joint Commodities Conference of Corn, Cotton, Soybeans and Small Grain Producers in New Bern, North Carolina.
"As farmers we must stay united and work together to survive in the farming industry," Armstrong said.
Voting will be held at local Cooperative Extension offices on Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. A two-thirds favorable vote is required to carry the referendum. All farmers currently engaged in the production of corn, including tenants, sharecroppers or others sharing in the production of corn or in income from corn are eligible to vote.
If approved, the first handler or purchaser of the commodity from the producer will collect the assessment. That purchaser will remit the assessment to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which forwards the proceeds to the association.
Those wishing to learn more about the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina can visit the organization's website at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/plymouth/cropsci/corn_growers/index2.html.