Dairy Assessment Vote
North Carolina’s dairy producers will have a chance to vote on a three-year assessment program in a referendum Jan. 20. If passed, the assessment would help fund dairy education, research and industry promotions. Under rules of the assessment, N.C. dairy producers would contribute 2 cents per 100 pounds of Grade A milk sold to processors. The assessment would start March 1, 2016, and be in effect for three years. While the assessment would be mandatory, a producer may request a refund on a monthly basis. Voting will take place Jan. 20 at N.C. Cooperative Extension Service offices in 46 counties with Grade A dairy herds. A two-thirds majority is needed for the assessment to pass. Additional information is available by contacting Norman Jordan Jr., president of the N.C. Dairy Producers Association, at 919-545-1237.