North Carolina Cattle Industry Assessment Referendum Vote Set for October 4, 2018

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The North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association has announced that the N.C. Cattle Industry Assessment Referendum vote will take place on October 4, 2018. The NCCA will conduct the referendum to continue the N.C. Cattle Industry Assessment. Arrangements have been made with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension to facilitate the voting in each county Extension Office.John Langdon, president of the NCCA, said that the referendum will be to assess all cattle sold and marketed in North Carolina one dollar per head for the purposes of advancing the cattle industry in the state. The money collected will continue to fund the following five areas: youth programs, cattle research, education, promotion of North Carolina cattle and beef, and issues management. The North Carolina dairy industry will also benefit from the funds collected, as a portion of the income will be allocated to the same areas within the dairy sector.

The referendum would continue the original state assessment program, which was first established in 1957. The national beef checkoff assessment of one dollar per head will still be collected and will be used according to the guidelines set forth in federal law. However, according to Mr. Langdon, “the N.C. Cattle Industry Assessment Referendum would allow producers to continue to provide funds that would be controlled totally by the North Carolina beef and dairy producers to promote our product, our youth, our industry, and to provide research and advocacy to protect their way of life.” Bryan Blinson, executive director of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, states that, “The assessment will be for a period of six years with a recurring referendum if requested. Also, Mr. Blinson states that producers will be eligible for a full refund of their North Carolina assessment by request within 60 days of the sale of the animal with proof of sale. This is a provision that is not available in the national program due to federal law.”

Cattle owners who are at least 18 years of age as of October 4, 2018, will be eligible to vote. Voting will take place at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Offices in each county. All eligible voters must vote in their county of residence. Absentee ballots may be obtained by contacting the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office. For additional details on voting procedures or funding information, please contact Kendra Fortner at your local county office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, contact information provided below, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association.

Local Voting Locations and Contact Information:

Jackson County Cooperative Extension Center
876 Skyland Drive, Suite 6
Sylva, NC 28779
828-586-4009

Swain County Cooperative Extension Center
60 Almond School Road
Bryson City, NC 28714
828-488-3848

This is a modified Press Release Submitted by Kendra Fortner- Livestock Extension Agent, Jackson and Swain Counties