BOLL WEEVIL REFERENDUM APPROVED BY PRODUCERS
Cotton producers overwhelmingly approved changes in the boll weevil eradication program during a vote last month.
The changes were approved with a vote of 933 producers in favor of the changes and 138 against the proposal.
Producers agreed to change from four program areas with four different referendum dates to a single program area with one vote every five years.
The vote also established an assessment cap not to exceed $7.50 per acre, per year, according to Buddy Adamson, director of the Federation's Cotton Division.
At least two-thirds of the farmers who voted in the referendum had to vote in favor of continuation.
Lawrence County Farmers Federation President Sam Spruell serves as chairman of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation. He said the vote shows how much cotton producers value the program.
"I want to thank the producers for their continued support of the eradication program in Alabama," Spruell said. "During these tough economic times for cotton, the overwhelming positive vote shows producers consider the program a success, and realize it's value to their farming operations.
"The Alabama Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation is dedicated to administering the program in the most efficient manner possible and at the least cost to producers. Combining the four program areas into one state wide program will benefit all of Alabama's cotton industry by reducing overhead costs and adding efficiency to program operations."
Questions or comments concerning the referendum should be made to Marilyn Jacques, Kathy Straughn or Guy W. Karr of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation at (334) 240-7229 or 240-7227.