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The North Carolina Board of Agriculture Tuesday raised the boll weevil cost-share farmer assessment from $6 to a maximum of $9 per acre of cotton.

Cotton producers approved the new assessment, which will be $8.40 per acre in 1990, in a recent statewide referendum. They seek the increases to offset lower projected per acre state appropriations, which are being diluted by more cotton acres planted statewide.North Carolina's cotton acreage may increase 25 percent to 30 percent to as much as 130,000 acres in 1990, officials said.

The boll weevil eradication program has successfully led to the elimination of the pest in North Carolina.

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