Sunflower growers currently pay three-cents per hundred weight to support marketing and research on their crop.
Ron Meyer is a CSU Extension Agronomist in Burlington about 75 miles east of Limon. He says the higher assessment would fund research on pest management, new hybrids and other ways to improve yields.
"That research," said Meyer, "helps producers decide which production practices work best out here."
Voting runs through April 18th with results expected by the end of the month.
The sunflower fee isn't the only one Colorado farmers are considering. Wheat growers voted recently to continue the assessment they pay and a ballot to increase the assessment on dry beans is being tabulated now.