• 55°

Horse industry referendum March 8

Horse and other equine animal owners/lessors will vote across the state on March 8 to determine whether to continue to voluntarily assess themselves  $4 per ton of commercial horse feed in order to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry.

Amy-Lynn Albertson, County Extension Director, says the vote in Rowan County will take place in the County Extension Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Any North Carolina resident who has reached his/her ninth birthday as of Jan. 1, and who has complete or partial ownership or lease of a horse, pony, mule, donkey or hinny is eligible to vote.  Individuals must sign a statement certifying eligibility at time of voting.

Since many horse owners work away from home during business hours, a provision has been made for absentee voting. From now until March 8, horse owners may visit or phone the County Extension Center and request a ballot and absentee registration form. 

These must be turned in to the Extension office by March 8, and will be counted along with others on March 9.

If the vote is favorable on March 9, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will continue to get the assessment funds from manufacturers and/or distributors of horse feed, and will give the money to the N.C. Horse Council.

The Horse Council has indicated that the funds will be used for 4-H and other youth and educational programs, trails advocacy, equine research, representation of horse interests in government, marketing programs, enforcement of horse laws and improved public awareness of diseases and other threats to horses’ well-being.

Many other agricultural commodities have similar voluntary assessment programs.

Horsemen may receive a refund of the assessment by writing to the N.C. Horse Council within a year of purchase and including proof of purchase.

The Rowan County Extension Center is located at 2727 Old Concord Road; phone 704-216-8970.

Comments

Business

With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works

Education

Enochville Elementary to host farewell event May 1

High School

High school softball: Carson beats West in a wild one

College

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will speak at NC State graduation

High School

Wonders, Trojans facing off Monday on Cannon Ballers’ field

Local

City approves two apartment developments, more than 160 new units

Nation/World

Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd’s death

News

Bill seeks to end pistol purchase permits from NC sheriffs

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 300th death attributed to COVID-19

News

Chauvin convicted on all counts in George Floyd’s death

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star

Columnists

Carl Blankenship: Pollen and prejudice make their return

News

Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina

Nation/World

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man takes deputies on chase with stolen moped

Coronavirus

Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday