SWC Commission - About the Commission


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.

Craig Frazier

Craig Frazier, Vice Chairman
2051 Lake Lucas Road
Sophia, NC 27530
(336) 625-8703 (h)
(336) 629-3512 (w)
Email: jcparks@co.randolph.nc.us
Term Ends:January 2016
Represents: Piedmont Region


Mr. Frazier has been a partner and operator of McCain Dairy since 1993, and in 1997, was voted Outstanding Young Farmer by the Asheboro Jaycees. He was elected to the Randolph County Soil & Water District Board in 1994 and has served as chairman since 1998. He has held several positions on various environmental committees and commissions in the past 15 years, such as the North Carolina Nutrient Management Task Force, conservation committee for the National Association of the Department of Agriculture, North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, the North Carolina State Soil & Water Conservation Commission and the resolutions committee for the Dairy Farmers of America. Mr. Frazier currently serves as Immediate Past-President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Craig and his wife Kirsten were married in 1984 and are active members of the Charlotte United Methodist Church. They have three children.

Manly WestManly West
2658 Caratoke Highway
Moyock, N.C. 27958
(252) 232-2706 (h)
(252) 207-7711 (c)
Term ends: January 2016
Represents: President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts


Mr. West is an elected Soil and Water Conservation supervisor for Currituck County, one of the five counties that make up the Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District and serves as its Chairman.  He has served as a supervisor since 1987.  Mr. West owns and operates Cedar Crest Plantation, a family farm which has been worked continuously by his family since the American Revolution.  The farm is comprised of approximately 700 acres of crop and forest lands.  Mr. West serves on the Soil & Water Conservation Hall of Fame Committee, is a past Chairman of Area 5 District Supervisors, served as past Coastal Region representative on the Soil & Water Conservation Commission and as Chairman of the Commission.  Mr. West is also on the Currituck County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, retired from the U.S. Civil Service after a 38 year career in Information Systems Management and Security, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Mr. West and his wife Ellen along with their son, Caleb are active members of Providence Baptist Church, Shawboro, NC.

Bill YarboroughBill Yarborough
443 Pisgah View Drive
Waynesville, N.C. 28786
828-648-0521 (h)
828-507-2273 (c)
Term ends: January 2017
Email: billyar10@bellsouth.net
Represents: Mountain Region

Mr. Yarborough is a regional agronomist with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and serves as special assistant to the Commissioner of Agriculture. He provides on-site expertise to growers for location-specific problems to increase productivity and protect natural resources in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner. He brings more than 10 years experience to the commission as supervisor and vice-chair of Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District and is a board member of several organizations including Haywood’s Waterways Association and the Sedimentation Control Commission. Commissioner Yarborough helped organize and implement the Flood Recovery Act for agriculture in 2004 for the Department of Agriculture, and the Drought Response Project in 2006 for the state of North Carolina. Married for 33 years, Mr. Yarborough and his wife Karen have two children, Kristin and Katelyn. The family attends Francis Cove Methodist Church where Yarborough is the chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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

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.

Tommy HouserTommy D. Houser
6922 Houser Farm Road
Vale, NC 28168
Term Ends: January 2016
Represents: Past President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Houser is owner/operator of Houser Farms. The farm consists of approximately 500 acres and produces vegetables, blackberries and soybeans. Mr. Houser is also co-owner of Dan’s Superette, a local convenience store. He has served as a member of the Lincoln County Soil & Water Conservation District Board for 37 years and is currently the District Chairman. Mr. Houser also serves as the Treasurer for the Area 8 Soil & Water Conservation Districts and is on the Carolina Land & Lakes RC&D Council. He is on the Board of Directors for the N.C. Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation, Inc. He serves on the Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee for Lincoln County. Mr. Houser is on the Lincoln County Board of Education and has held this position for 12 years. Mr. Houser and his wife, Melinda have three children and four grandchildren. The family attends Messiah United Methodist Church.

J. Ben Knox

J. Ben Knox
915 Knox Road
Cleveland, NC 27013
(704) 278.9848 (h)
(704) 433.2119 (c)
Email: jbk1959@att.net
Term Ends: January 2016
Represents: First Vice President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Knox is the Chairman of the Rowan County Soil & 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 the First Vice-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.


Resource Advisors

Phillip T. Reynolds, Attorney
NC Department of Justice
P.O. Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602-0629
919-716-6600 (Work)


Patricia K. Harris, Director
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
1614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1614
919-715-6097 (Work)


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, 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