FARMERS IN regions 1A and 1B or the north Delta of Mississippi this week began discussing the upcoming referendum on the maintenance phase of the Boll Weevil Eradication Program at a series of meetings that will continue through July 31.

The Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corp. has scheduled an Aug. 4-15 referendum on conducting the maintenance phase of the BWEP in regions 1A and 1B over the next 10 years. The first referendum failed to receive the required two-thirds majority of the votes cast in June.

The remaining meeting dates, locations and times are:

July 28 — Coahoma County, Coahoma County Country Club, Highway 61 (two miles south of Clarksdale), 6 p.m.

July 29 — Bolivar County, Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 N. Martin Luther King, 6 p.m.

July 31 — Washington County, Twin County Conference Center, Old Highway 61, 6 p.m.

Previous meetings were held in Tunica County, Quitman County, Tallahatchie County, Sunflower County, and Leflore County.