FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009
Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
Troxler announces staff changes in Western N.C.
Sutton to lead WNC Farmers Market; Yarborough takes on new duties
RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today made two staffing announcements of interest to Western North Carolina.
Troxler announced that Doug Sutton, assistant manager of the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, will be the new manager of the Western N.C. Farmers Market in Asheville effective Feb.2. Troxler also announced longtime regional agronomist Bill Yarborough will take on additional responsibilities as a special assistant to the commissioner. Troxler made the announcement at the Western N.C. Farmers Market in Asheville.
“Doug Sutton is a veteran manager who understands farmers markets and the needs of vendors and customers,” Troxler said. “He is also familiar with Western North Carolina, having family in Sylva. His combination of experience and knowledge of the region will serve him well as he takes over management of one of the area’s top visitor attractions.”
Sutton succeeds Mike Ferguson, who retired in November.
Sutton worked for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for two-and-a-half years as a horticultural marketing specialist, before taking on the responsibilities of assistant market manager in 2005. Prior to joining the department, Sutton worked for 10 years in marketing, sales and research with an agricultural chemical company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in horticultural science from N.C. State University.
Sutton and his wife, Sherri, have two sons, David and Michael.
In becoming a special assistant, Yarborough will serve as a liaison between farmers, citizens and leaders in the region, and Troxler and the NCDA&CS. Yarborough will continue to serve as regional agronomist for Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain and Yancey counties.
“Bill Yarborough is a vocal advocate for agricultural issues in Western North Carolina, and that’s an understatement,” Troxler said. “His past work on disaster recovery, drought and other challenges faced by farmers in the region shows how dedicated he is to agriculture in this area. In many ways, his new responsibilities won’t be any different from the many things he has voluntarily done throughout his career with the department.”
Yarborough has been a regional agronomist with the department since 1985. He is also active in the community, serving on the Board of Supervisors for the Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District. Yarborough holds a bachelor’s degree in soil science from N.C. State University.
In 2006, Yarborough was honored with a State Employees’ Award for Excellence in the category of Outstanding State Government Service. He was honored for his work with the state’s Operation Brighter Day relief efforts to help Western North Carolina residents affected by floods.