The N.C. Tobacco Research Referendum will be held Thursday, Nov. 19. Listed by community, here are the voting sites in Johnston County:
Smithfield – Johnston County Agricultural Center.
Bentonville – C.W. Flowers Store.
Benson – Jones Farm Supply; Medlin and Dorman.
Kenly – Kenly Automotive Supply-Carquest.
Wendell – Lake Wendell Farm Supply.
Princeton – Crop Production Services.
Since 1991, tobacco growers have assessed themselves 10 cents per 100 pounds of tobacco for research and education.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service reminds farmers that a $4 fee for soil sampling will go into effect Nov. 25 and remain in place until March 31 of next year.
The Extension Service encourages farmers to submit their samples before that date, when volume at the state lab traditionally increases.
Starting Nov. 25, farmers can pay the fee by credit card or place money in escrow.
To learn more, call the Extension Service at 919-989-5380.
A meeting for forestry landowners is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Topics include taxes, cost-share assistance, pest control, longleaf pine establishment, hardwood management and the N.C. Tree Farm/Stewardship program. To attend the meeting, which includes a catered lunch, call 919-989-5380.
Farm Notes: Sept. 20
The Johnston County Ag Business Tour will take place Sept. 30. The cost is $10 for members of the Johnston County Agribusiness Council and $20 for nonmembers.
The tour will begin and end at Lazy O Farm, 3583 Packing Plant Road, Smithfield. Other stops are Covington Spirits and the Show Hill Farmers Market, both in Snow Hill; Alliance One near Farmville; and Simply Natural Creamery in Ayden.
To register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380 by Sept. 25.