FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2009
Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
Vernon James to be enshrined in Agricultural Hall of Fame
Tuesday in Williamston
The late Vernon James, a farmer and advocate for agriculture who served 12 terms in the state House of Representatives, will be enshrined in the N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will preside over the ceremony.
NOTE: Because seating is limited, this is an invitation-only event, but the media are invited to cover it.
|| Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.
Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center
2900 N.C. Hwy. 125 South, Williamston
James was a passionate supporter of agriculture and the people who worked in it. He ran the family’s Pasquotank County farm, which was known for potatoes and cabbage. James served in the N.C. House of Representatives from 1945-47 and from 1973-95. He served as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, a position that enabled him to have a great impact on agriculture in North Carolina.
James died Oct. 21, 2002, at the age of 92.
The N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame was created by the General Assembly in 1953 to honor North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished service in the science and art of agriculture. Candidates for the hall must be deceased at least one year before they are eligible for membership. James will become the hall’s 35th member.