Soil & Water - About the Commission

The seven-member Soil & Water Conservation Commission provides oversight, rules and policy for the state soil and water conservation programs. These programs are voluntary and emphasize a locally-led approach to improve and protect water quality and natural resources for a wide range of land uses. The commission is responsible for determining cost share allocations to the state's 96 conservation districts. In return, the local districts utilize these funds to provide financial and technical assistance to landowners to install best management practices on the landscape of North Carolina. The commission also has the responsibility and authority to appoint and remove soil and water conservation district supervisors. 

The division serves as staff for the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission to help deliver conservation programs at the local level.  

Commission Members

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James Langdon

At Large Member Representative (919) 796–5010 (c)

Mr. Langdon owns and manages John M. Langdon Farms in Benson, North Carolina.  On his family farm, he produces approximately 20,000 market hogs under contract annually.  Along with his son, Hunter, they manage 900 acres of grain, hay, and pasture along with 100 head of Red Angus and Simmental seedstock cattle and a local freezer beef business.

Mr. Langdon was elected to the Johnston County Soil and Water Conservation District Board in 1994 and has served as chairman since 2005.  Mr. Langdon currently serves on the North Carolina Soil & Water Conservation Commission and is in his third term as chairman.

In 2010, the North Carolina Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts named the Langdon family the North Carolina Outstanding Conservation Farm Family.  The North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association also awarded the family farm the State Conservation Stewardship Award in 2007.  In 2010, the North Carolina Pork Council along with the National Pork Producers recognized Langdon Farms with the State and National Environmental Stewardship Award.  Mr. Langdon has served as president of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and now serves on the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Executive Committee and is the state policy director for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).   Mr. Langdon also serves on the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Foundation Board and is a member of the North Carolina Farm Bureau along with being a past board member of the National Red Angus Association and a current member of the North Carolina Simmental Association Board.

Mr. Langdon lives in Johnston County with his wife, Eileen. They have two adult sons and one adult daughter and one new grandson.  They are members of The Shepherd’s Church in Cary, North Carolina.

Mr. Langdon's term ends in January 2024.

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Billy Kilpatrick

Billy Kilpatrick

First Vice President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Representative (910) 290-1983 (c)

Mr. William "Billy" Kilpatrick is currently serving as the First Vice President of the North Carolina Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts and as Vice Chairman of the Duplin Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.  Mr. Kilpatrick has served on the Board of Supervisors in Duplin County for the past ten years.  He previously served as Chairman for the Area 6 Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Mr. Kilpatrick is a life-long farmer from a North Carolina Century Farm Family.  Mr. Kilpatrick grows breeders with Johnson Farms, feeder to finish swine with Smithfield Foods, and grows beef cattle.

Mr. Kilpatrick resides in Kenansville with his wife, Regina.  They have three children and five grandchildren.

Mr. Kilpatrick's term ends in January 2024.

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James Lamb

Coastal Region Representative (910) 385-7654 (c)

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.

Mr. Lamb's term ends in January 2025.

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Brian Parker

Brian Parker

Mountain Region Representative (336) 957-7561 (c)

Mr. Parker with his family, owns and operates a Century Family Farm, Parker Farms in North Wilkesboro.  The farm produces hay, timber, and a 450-500 head cow-calf operation that also backgrounds the calves.

Mr. Parker currently serves as the Chairman of the Wilkes Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, the Wilkes County Farm Bureau Board, Wilkes Cattlemen's Board, member of the Broadway Fire Department, Wilkes Community College Agriculture/Construction Equipment Technology Advisory Committee, and he is also employed by Vulcan Materials Co., in North Wilkesboro, where he is the Plant Supervisor.

Mr. Parker is a graduate of North Carolina State University.  He and his wife, Kim, live in North Wilkesboro and are members of Wilkesboro Baptist Church.  They have three children and one grandson.

Mr. Parker's term ends in January 2026.

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George Teague

President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Representative (336) 684-4883 (c)

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.

Mr. Teague's term ends in January 2024.

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Barbara Bleiweis

Supervisor and Chair

Barbara Bleiweis is the Chair for the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District.  She has served on its Board of Supervisors since 2017 and is in her second elected term.  She is active within the National Association of Conservation Districts advocating for national conservation policies and serves on the Public Lands and the Water and Climate committees.  She is a Board member of the North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation.  She also serves on the Charlotte Water Advisory Committee since 2015.  Ms. Bleiweis has two adult children and lives in Charlotte with her three cats.

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Patrick Baker

In May 2023, Mr. Baker retired from a 30-year career as a conservation district employee, serving in both Pamlico and Craven Counties.  During his time as a district employee, Mr. Baker served the NC Conservation District Employees Association as the Area 6 Representative, Chair of the Employee Development Committee, and DEA Chaplin.  Mr. Baker has been a member of the Pamlico Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors since 2008, where he has served as both District Chair and Area 6 Chair.  In November 2023, Mr. Baker returned to the partnership, accepting a part- time position with the Division of Soil & Water Conservation for the purpose of assisting and providing training to the newer district employees in Carteret, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, and Pamlico Counties and to assist NRCS with managing their current workload.

Although not formally educated, Mr. Baker states that he “started at the bottom and slowly worked his way up, learning the processes, procedures, and standards of conservation.”  His agricultural experience started in the tobacco fields in Craven County and ended up in the fields of Beaufort and Pamlico Counties where he spent his summers, weekends, and after school hours working on a 3,000-acre corn, wheat, and soybean operation.  Mr. Baker and his wife, Angela, live in Grantsboro, and they have three sons, two daughters, and one granddaughter.  They are active members of the Edward Christian Church, where Mr. Baker serves in the church Jail Ministry at the Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville, North Carolina.

Mr. Baker’s term ends in January 2026.