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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 2021
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.


Wayne Collier C. Wayne Collier, Jr., Vice Chairman
5489 Indian Ridge Road Region
Linden, NC 28356
(910) 980-0066 (h)
Term ends: January 2022
Email: ridgeriders4@embarqmail.com
Represents: Piedmont Region

Mr. Collier owns and operates Indian Ridge Farm, growing corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, watermelons and timber.  Mr. Collier has been a supervisor in Cumberland County for four years and has served as treasurer of Area 7 and also Chairman of the Envirothon Committee for Area 7. Mr. Collier is serving his third year as Piedmont representative to the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission. He and his wife, Carolyn, are both retired and live in Linden.


B. Derek PotterManly West
250 Keel Road
Grantsboro, NC 28529
(252) 745-7842 (h)
(252) 671-2711 (c)
Email: bdpotterfarms@embarqmail.com
Term Ends: January 2021
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)
Email: mtncrestllc@yahoo.com
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
Email: blountknowles@gmail.com
Represents: 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
Email: chrishughes@chrishughes.com
Represents: First Vice 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.


William Christopher Hogan Chris Hogan
117 Red Bud Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 933-3004 (h)
(919) 625-3796 (c)
Email: chrishogan9786@gmail.com
Term Ends: January 2022
Represents: Immediate Past President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Hogan is a native of Orange County, where he was raised on Lake Hogan Farms, a dairy farm.  Mr. Hogan graduated from North Carolina State University in 1979 and returned to the farm to eventually become part owner.  Mr. Hogan and his family spent many years working on their dairy farm in Chapel Hill and fully appreciate the importance of the Soil and Water Conservation mission and commitment to conservation. 

Mr. Hogan has served on the Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Board since 1985.  In 2016, Mr. Hogan was elected as the First-Vice President of the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, subsequently serving as both President and Past-President of the Association.  Mr. Hogan also served as a member of the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission from 2016 – 2019.  Mr. Hogan is confident that his experiences as a farmer, husband, father, dedicated community servant, as well as his demonstrated success in developing a healthy working relationship with the urban community, have given him a wide range of views that will be beneficial in serving on the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

 

 

Resource Advisors

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

 

Vernon N. Cox, Director
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
1614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1614
919-707-3771 (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: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770


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