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John LangdonJohn Langdon, Chairman
7728 Raleigh Road
Benson, NC 27504
(919) 894–3039 (h)
(919) 796–5010 (c)
Term Ends: January 2024
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 N.C. Cattlemen’s Association and the Board of Directors for the N.C. Simmental Association.  He was named by the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association as its winner of the N.C. 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.

James L. LambJames Lamb picture
129 Cabbage Patch Road
Clinton, NC 28323 
(910) 385-7654 (c)
Term ends: January 2025
Represents: Piedmont Region

Mr. Lamb is a life-long farmer and currently works for Prestage Farms, Inc., in Clinton as an environmental specialist for the past 17 years.  Mr. Lamb has been a supervisor in Sampson County for 10 years.  Mr. Lamb graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Environmental Technology.  Mr. Lamb has served on the National Pork Board Environmental Committee and is currently on the National Pork Producers Council Environmental Committee.  Mr. Lamb was named 2016 North Carolina Outstanding Pork Producer and 2020 and 2021 North Carolina Swisher Sweets Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year.  Mr. Lamb and his wife, Felicia, have two daughters, Maegan and Kensley.

B. Derek PotterManly West
250 Keel Road
Grantsboro, NC 28529
(252) 745-7842 (h)
(252) 671-2711 (c)
Term Ends: January 2024
Represents: Coastal Region

Mr. Potter owns and operates B. D. Potter Farms, Inc., producing corn, soybeans, and timber in Pamlico and Craven Counties.  Mr. Potter has been a member of the Pamlico Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors since 2008, where he served as Chairman at both the district and area levels.  Mr. Potter currently serves on the AgCarolina Farm Credit Board, United Soybean Board, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association Executive Committee, and Farm Bureau State Field Crops Committee.   Mr. Potter and his wife, Kim, have two sons and attend Rock of Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church.

Michael D. WillisManly West
1264 Taylorsville Road
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 758-3003 (h)
(828) 312-9000 (c)
Term ends: January 2023
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 N.C. 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.

W. Blount KnowlesBlount Knowles
1524 Woodard Road
Windsor, NC 27983
(252) 794-4167 (h)
(252) 325-0893 (c)
Term ends: January 2023
Represents: Past President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Knowles is the Chairman of the Bertie County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, having served as a board member for over ten years.  Mr. Knowles is also past Area 5 Chairman of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  Mr. Knowles serves on the Voluntary Agriculture District Board, and the Bertie Cooperative Extension County Advisory Leadership Board.  Mr. Knowles presently serves on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Agricultural Foundation, Inc.  Mr. Knowles owns R. B. Knowles, Inc., and is a fourth-generation farmer of land purchased by his great-grandfather in the 1870s.  Mr. Knowles grows cotton, clary sage, soybeans, wheat, and corn, on 1,600 acres utilizing no-till methods of crop production.  Mr. Knowles is a graduate of the NC State Agricultural Institute.  Mr. Knowles and his wife, Dale, have a daughter and son-in-law, and are members of Cashie Baptist Church, where he serves as deacon and has taught Men’s Sunday School Class for 30 years.

Chris Hughes Chris Hughes
183 Fred’s Drive
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 414-1735 (c)
Term ends:  January 2024
Represents: President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

A third generation Christmas Tree Farmer, Chris Hughes’ family has farmed for nearly 400 years.  Committed to serving the Farmers of North Carolina and promoting healthy soil and clean water for generations to come, Mr. Hughes serves as Secretary of the Watauga Soil and Water Conservation District; Chairman of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s Area 2 Legislative Committee; Member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development Council;  Member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation; and the First Vice President of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Mr. Hughes, the former President of the Kiwanis Club of Boone, currently serves as the Lt. Governor of Division 3 of the Kiwanis District of the Carolinas. He serves as one of seven voting members of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of the High Country. Mr. Hughes is the former Vice President of Friends of Watauga, and a former member of the Watauga High School Band Boosters and the Boone Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Hughes is an active member of his Church. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and as a Founding Steering Council Member of the Conservative Baptist Network. Mr. Hughes is the Founder of Salvation Ministries and is a Global Ambassador for The Military Family Foundation.  He is the Founder and Chairman of the Citizens for America Foundation and previously served as the Chairman of the Florida Local Government Internet Consortium, President of the Florida Tax Collectors Association, and Chairman of the Florida Association of Constitutional Officers Association.

George Y. Teague  George Teague picture 2022
7092 Sockwell Road
Elon, NC 27244-9607
(336) 684-4883 (c)
Term Ends: January 2023
Represents: First Vice President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Teague owns and operates Reedy Fork Organic Farm, a 600-acre Organic Dairy, Feed Mill and store.  He is very proud to say that Reedy Fork Organic Farm is a fifth-generation farm.  Mr. Teague graduated from NC State University in 1980 from the Ag Institute.  Mr. Teague was appointed to the Guilford Soil & Water Conservation District Board in 1998 and has served as chairman since 2009.  In the past, he has served as Area 3 chairman of SWCD.  He served as chairman of the NC Dairy Foundation Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011 and served on Organic Valley’s dairy executive committee from 2007 to 2015.  Mr. Teague, and his wife, Cherry, have two children, Taylor and Hayley, and two granddaughters. They attend Trinity Worship Center in Burlington.

Resource Advisors

Phillip T. Reynolds, Attorney
NC Department of Justice
P.O. Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602-0629
919-716-6971 (w)


Vernon N. Cox, Director
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
1614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1614
919-707-3771 (w)

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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