Northern High Plains sets referendum COTTON producers and share-crop landowners in the Northern High Plains Boll Weevil Eradication Zone will decide in an Oct. 4 referendum if they will participate in the eradication program.

Voters in the six-county zone also will establish a minimum assessment rate and elect a board member from the zone to serve on the statewide Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Inc.

Local committee members have proposed a maximum assessment of $6 per acre for dryland cotton and $12 for irrigated acreage.

Cotton producers who farm in the zone and have grown cotton for at least seven years have until Sept. 4 to submit their names for the board member position. Those wishing to be placed on the ballot must complete a nomination form and a biographical information sheet. Nominations must be supported by at least 10 other eligible cotton growers in the zone.

Forms must be received by the Texas Department of Agriculture in Austin no later than Sept. 4. Mail to: Texas Department of Agriculture at P.O. Box 12847, Austin, Texas 78711 or fax to (512) 463-1104.

Nomination forms are available at local County Extension offices and the Texas Department of Agriculture in Austin at (800) 835-5832 or (512) 463- 7593.

The Northern High Plains Boll Weevil Eradication Zone consists of approximately 500,000 acres in six counties: Hale, Swisher, and parts of Armstrong, Briscoe, Floyd and Randall.