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Tennessee Corn Checkoff Referendum


What: A statewide referendum for field corn producers to consider a 1 cent per bushel assessment of corn sold.

Why: The referendum is authorized by Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton at the request of the Tennessee Corn Growers Association, the state's largest corn organization.

How will the funds be used? The funds will be used to finance a program of research, education, market development, marketing, advertising, and other methods designed to promote the increased production, consumption, use, and sale of corn products.

Where do I vote? Eligible voters may vote at any county UT Extension office.

When do I vote? Voting will take place November 28th and 29th, 2018.

Who can vote? To vote, you must be a Tennessee corn producer or landowner who shares in the production costs or the proceeds of the sale of corn that is grown on the landowner's land and sign an affidavit attesting to eligibility. 


The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will announce the referendum results Dec. 7. If passed, assessments will begin March 1, 2019. Producers who do not want to participate may request a refund of the assessed amount within 90 days of the sale. 

Related Links

Public Notice - Tennessee Corn Producers to Vote on Checkoff Referendum

Tennessee Code Annotated - Agriculture Commodities Promotion

University of Tennessee - County Extension Office Information