Nickels for Know-How Makes Good Sense

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Nickels for Know-How is a 65-year-old voluntary assessment on feed and fertilizer produced and purchased in North Carolina. Feed and fertilizer users can vote to renew this program on November 1st. By voting “Yes” they will assess 15¢ for each ton of feed and fertilizer they purchase, with funds used to advance agricultural research, education and Cooperative Extension services.

Any user of feed or fertilizer in North Carolina, including homeowners, can vote in this referendum. Proof of eligibility will not be required. Eight polling places have been established in Chatham County, as follows:

In Pittsboro:

  1. The Chatham County Extension Center, 65 E. Chatham St.
  2. Pittsboro Feed, 1103 East St.
  3. Country Farm and Home, 101 S. Small St.

In Siler City:

  1. Southern States, 117 N. Dogwood Ave.
  2. Tractor Supply, 100 Siler Crossing

Additional locations:

  1. Carolina Stockyard, 260 Stockyard Rd., Staley
  2. JR Moore and Son, 865 Thrift Rd., Gulf
  3. Bennett Farm Supply and Hardware, 3920 Chatham St., Bennett

Nickels for Know-How raises $1.4 million annually. That’s about $40 per farm for research. A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue the assessment, which has been approved by more than 90% of voters every six years since 1951.

Manufacturers of feed and fertilizer build the 15¢ per ton assessment into the price of their products. North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services collects the money, and then transfers it to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation.

The Foundation’s board of directors allocates the funds. The Foundation includes farmer members from each county, as well as agribusiness leaders who approve each proposal for support from faculty at NC State. The funds are used to support research, teaching and extension projects at NC State University.

To learn how Nickel for Know How funds benefit North Carolina Agriculture visit For more information on the referendum please contact Charlotte Glen, Chatham County Referendum Chairman, at the Chatham County Extension Office, 919-542-8202.

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Photo of Charlotte GlenCharlotte GlenState Coordinator, NC Extension Master Gardener Program (919) 515-1226 charlotte_glen@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Updated on Oct 17, 2016
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