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John LangdonJohn Langdon, Chairman
7728 Raleigh Road
Benson 27504
(919) 894–3039 (h)
(919) 796–5010 (c)
Term Ends: January 2018
Represents: At Large Member

Mr. Langdon owns and operates the John M. Langdon Farm. He leases two additional contract swine operations bringing the total to around 380 acres under his management. Mr. Langdon was elected to the Johnston SWCD Board in 1994 and has served as chairman since 2005. The North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts named the Langdon Family the North Carolina Outstanding Conservation Farm Family in 2010. Mr. Langdon is on the Board of Directors for the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation Districts. He is a member of the Johnston County Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors for the NC Cattlemen’s Association and the Board of Directors for the NC Simmental Association.He was named by the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association as its winner of the NC Environmental Stewardship Award in 2007. Mr. Langdon and his wife Eileen and three children John Michael, Hunter and Megan attend First Baptist Church in Four Oaks.


J. Ben Knox

J. Ben Knox, Vice Chairman
915 Knox Road
Cleveland, NC 27013
(704) 278-9848 (h)
(704) 433-2119 (c)
Email: jbk1959@att.net
Term Ends: January 2018
Represents: Past President of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Knox is the Chairman of the Rowan County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, which he has served on since 1992. He and his brother Clark operate a 1,000 acre farm which has been in the family since the 1740s.  The Knox Grain Farms raise corn, soybeans and small grains along with a small herd of Angus cattle.  Mr. Knox retired from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services after serving as a Regional Agronomist for 27 years.  He currently works as a Sales Agronomist for Quick-Sol NC, and serves as President of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  Mr. Knox and his wife Angie attend Back Creek Presbyterian Church where he teaches Sunday School and sings in the choir.


Michael D. WillisManly West
1264 Taylorsville Road
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 758-3003 (h)
(828) 312-9000 (c)
Email: mtncrestllc@yahoo.com
Term ends: January 2020
Represents: Mountain Region

Mr. Willis is the Chairman of the Caldwell Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, serving as a board member since 2006.  Mr. Willis also served as Area 2 Chairman for the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.  Mr. Willis owns and operates Mountain Crest LLC, a site development company for over 25 years.  In addition to running Mountain Crest LLC, Mr. Willis owns a farm where he raises beef cattle and grows hay, corn, and soybeans.  Mr. Willis and his wife, Denise, have two daughters.


Dietrich Kilpatrick

Dietrich Kilpatrick
10900 Highway 55 West
Dover, NC 28526
(252) 527-4051 (h)
(252) 521-2912 (c)
Term ends: January 2020
Email: dietrichpatrick2912@gmail.com
Represents: Coastal Plain Region

Mr. Kilpatrick is the Chairman of the Craven Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, having served as a board member since 2004.  Mr. Kilpatrick also served as Area 6 Chairman of the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  Mr. Kilpatrick is the third-generation owner and operator of his family farm, producing tobacco, corn, and soybeans.  In the past, the farm also grew cotton.  Mr. Kilpatrick served on the local County Committee for the Farm Service Agency for nine years.  He is currently serving on the Voluntary Agriculture District Board, the Soil and Water Conservation District Local Advisory Board, and the Cooperative Extension Advisory Board.  Mr. Kilpatrick and his wife, Laveria, have three daughters, and he is a member of the Alum Springs Church.


Charles HughesCharles W. Hughes, III
4304 Robinwood Drive
Kinston, N.C. 28504
(252) 566-5040 (w)
(252) 560-3049 (c)
Term ends: January 2018
Email: cwhughes@embarqmail.com
Represents: Coastal Plain Region

Mr. Hughes is a Kinston resident and owner of Charles Hughes Construction of La Grange. He currently serves as board treasurer for the Lenoir County Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as the treasurer for the Area 6 Soil and Water Conservation board. Mr. Hughes is also vice chairman of the finance committee of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. As a contractor specializing in grading, construction, landscaping, sidewalk and parking lot design and more, he brings a different perspective to the Commission. Mr. Hughes and his wife, Wanda, have two daughters.


Wayne Collier C. Wayne Collier, Jr.
5489 Indian Ridge Road Region
Linden, N.C. 28356
(910) 980-0066 (h)
Term ends: January 2019
Email: ridgeriders4@embarqmail.com
Represents: Piedmont Region

Mr. Collier is owner and operator of the Indian Ridge Farm in Cumberland County.  Mr. Collier’s farm consists of 450 acres which has been in the Collier family since the Civil War. Mr. Collier graduated from North Carolina State University in 1976 with a BS in Animal Science. Mr. Collier’s farming operation included production of hogs, tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, and coastal Bermuda hay. In 1981, Mr. Collier was voted Outstanding Young Farmer for Cumberland County.  Mr. Collier was elected Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor in 2014 and now serves as treasurer for NCASWCD Area VII, is a member of the Area VII Envirothon Committee, and serves as an alternate on the NCASWD Water Resources Committee.  Mr. Collier is a past member of the Cumberland County Farm Advisory Board, serves on the Cumberland County Farm Services Agency Committee, is treasurer of the Cumberland County 4-H Foundation, a member of the Cumberland County Livestock Association and the Cumberland County Farm Bureau. Mr. Collier serves on the NC Farm Bureau Natural and Environmental Resources Committee, the South River EMC Nominating Committee, and is the treasurer of the Cumberland County Livestock Association and Farm Bureau.  Mr. Collier retired from the US Postal Service in 2013 with 34 years of service. He and his wife, Carolyn, currently manage their timberland, raise watermelons, and hay. Mr. and Mrs. Collier are members of Sardis Presbyterian Church in Linden.


William "Chris" HoganChris Hogan
117 Red Bud Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 625-3796 (c)
Email: chrishogan9786@gmail.com
Term Ends: January 2018
Represents: President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Hogan is an owner and operator of Lake Hogan Farms in Chapel Hill, a farm which has been worked continuously by his family since the 1750’s. Chris was a dairymen for many years and now manages a small herd of Hereford beef cows. The farm currently is compromised of 300 acres of forest and cropland of soybeans, small grains, and corn. Mr. Hogan became an Orange SWCD Associate Supervisor in 1982 and filled his grandfather’s seat on the board in January 1985. Beginning in 1986 Mr. Hogan was voted as Vice Chairmen of the OSWCD and served in this position for 20 years. In 2006 Mr. Hogan was elected Chairman of OSWCD board and currently holds this office. For over 15 years, Mr. Hogan has been the SWCD Area III Representative for the Natural Resource Standing Committee of the NCASWCD. He was also an NCASWCD Area III Chairman.  Mr. Hogan and his wife, Jane have one daughter Annie. They attend Chapel Hill Bible Church.

 

Resource Advisors

Phillip T. Reynolds, Attorney
NC Department of Justice
P.O. Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602-0629
919-716-6600 (w)
preynolds@ncdoj.gov

 

Vernon N. Cox, Director
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
1614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1614
919-715-6097 (w)
vernon.cox@ncagr.gov

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559


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