SWC Commission - About the Commission

 

John LangdonJohn Langdon, Chairman
7728 Raleigh Road
Benson 27504
(919) 894–3039 (h)
(919) 796–5010 (c)
Term Ends: January 2018
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 NC Cattlemen’s Association and the Board of Directors for the NC Simmental Association.He was named by the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association as its winner of the NC 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.


J. Ben Knox

J. Ben Knox, Vice Chairman
915 Knox Road
Cleveland, NC 27013
(704) 278-9848 (h)
(704) 433-2119 (c)
Email: jbk1959@att.net
Term Ends: January 2017
Represents: President of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Knox is the Chairman of the Rowan County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, which he has served on since 1992. He and his brother Clark operate a 1,000 acre farm which has been in the family since the 1740s.  The Knox Grain Farms raise corn, soybeans and small grains along with a small herd of Angus cattle.  Mr. Knox retired from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services after serving as a Regional Agronomist for 27 years.  He currently works as a Sales Agronomist for Quick-Sol NC, and serves as President of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  Mr. Knox and his wife Angie attend Back Creek Presbyterian Church where he teaches Sunday School and sings in the choir.


Manly WestManly West
2658 Caratoke Highway
Moyock, N.C. 27958
(252) 232-2706 (h)
(252) 207-7711 (c)
Email:mmwest@mchsi.com
Term ends: January 2017
Represents: Past President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. West is an elected Soil and Water Conservation supervisor for Currituck County, one of the five counties that make up the Albemarle Soil & Water Conservation District and serves as its Chairman.  He has served as a supervisor since 1987.  Mr. West owns and operates Cedar Crest Plantation, a family farm which has been worked continuously by his family since the American Revolution.  The farm is comprised of approximately 700 acres of crop and forest lands.  Mr. West serves on the Soil & Water Conservation Hall of Fame Committee, is a past Chairman of Area 5 of the NCASWCD, served as past Coastal Region representative on the Soil & Water Conservation Commission and as Chairman of the Commission.  Mr. West is also on the Currituck County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, retired from the U.S. Civil Service after a 38 year career in Information Systems Management and Security, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Mr. West and his wife Ellen along with their son, Caleb are active members of Providence Baptist Church, Shawboro, NC.


Bill YarboroughBill Yarborough
443 Pisgah View Drive
Waynesville, N.C. 28786
(828) 648-0521 (h)
(828) 507-2273 (c)
Term ends: January 2017
Email: billyar10@bellsouth.net
Represents: Mountain Region

Mr. Yarborough is a regional agronomist with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and serves as special assistant to the Commissioner of Agriculture. He provides on-site expertise to growers for location-specific problems to increase productivity and protect natural resources in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner. He brings more than 10 years experience to the commission as supervisor and vice-chair of Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District and is a board member of several organizations including Haywood’s Waterways Association and the Sedimentation Control Commission. Commissioner Yarborough helped organize and implement the Flood Recovery Act for agriculture in 2004 for the Department of Agriculture, and the Drought Response Project in 2006 for the state of North Carolina. Married for 33 years, Mr. Yarborough and his wife Karen have two children, Kristin and Katelyn. The family attends Francis Cove Methodist Church where Yarborough is the chairman of the Board of Trustees.


Charles HughesCharles W. Hughes, III
4304 Robinwood Drive
Kinston, N.C. 28504
(252) 566-5040 (w)
(252) 560-3049 (c)
Term ends: January 2018
Email: cwhughes@embarqmail.com
Represents: Coastal Plain Region

Mr. Hughes is a Kinston resident and owner of Charles Hughes Construction of La Grange. He currently serves as board treasurer for the Lenoir County Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as the treasurer for the Area 6 Soil and Water Conservation board. Mr. Hughes is also vice chairman of the finance committee of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. As a contractor specializing in grading, construction, landscaping, sidewalk and parking lot design and more, he brings a different perspective to the Commission. Mr. Hughes and his wife, Wanda, have two daughters.


Wayne Collier C. Wayne Collier, Jr.
5489 Indian Ridge Road Region
Linden, N.C. 28356
(910) 980-0066 (h)
Term ends: January 2019
Email: ridgeriders4@embarqmail.com
Represents: Piedmont Region

Mr. Collier is owner and operator of the Indian Ridge Farm in Cumberland County.  Mr. Collier’s farm consists of 450 acres which has been in the Collier family since the Civil War. Mr. Collier graduated from North Carolina State University in 1976 with a BS in Animal Science. Mr. Collier’s farming operation included production of hogs, tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, and coastal Bermuda hay. In 1981, Mr. Collier was voted Outstanding Young Farmer for Cumberland County.  Mr. Collier was elected Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor in 2014 and now serves as treasurer for NCASWCD Area VII, is a member of the Area VII Envirothon Committee, and serves as an alternate on the NCASWD Water Resources Committee.  Mr. Collier is a past member of the Cumberland County Farm Advisory Board, serves on the Cumberland County Farm Services Agency Committee, is treasurer of the Cumberland County 4-H Foundation, a member of the Cumberland County Livestock Association and the Cumberland County Farm Bureau. Mr. Collier serves on the NC Farm Bureau Natural and Environmental Resources Committee, the South River EMC Nominating Committee, and is the treasurer of the Cumberland County Livestock Association and Farm Bureau.  Mr. Collier retired from the US Postal Service in 2013 with 34 years of service. He and his wife, Carolyn, currently manage their timberland, raise watermelons, and hay. Mr. and Mrs. Collier are members of Sardis Presbyterian Church in Linden.


William "Chris" HoganChris Hogan
117 Red Bud Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 625-3796 (c)
Email: chrishogan9786@gmail.com
Term Ends: January 2017
Represents: First Vice President of the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Mr. Hogan is an owner and operator of Lake Hogan Farms in Chapel Hill, a farm which has been worked continuously by his family since the 1750’s. Chris was a dairymen for many years and now manages a small herd of Hereford beef cows. The farm currently is compromised of 300 acres of forest and cropland of soybeans, small grains, and corn. Mr. Hogan became an Orange SWCD Associate Supervisor in 1982 and filled his grandfather’s seat on the board in January 1985. Beginning in 1986 Mr. Hogan was voted as Vice Chairmen of the OSWCD and served in this position for 20 years. In 2006 Mr. Hogan was elected Chairman of OSWCD board and currently holds this office. For over 15 years, Mr. Hogan has been the SWCD Area III Representative for the Natural Resource Standing Committee of the NCASWCD. He was also an NCASWCD Area III Chairman.  Mr. Hogan and his wife, Jane have one daughter Annie. They attend Chapel Hill Bible Church.

 

Resource Advisors

Phillip T. Reynolds, Attorney
NC Department of Justice
P.O. Box 629
Raleigh, NC 27602-0629
919-716-6600 (w)
preynolds@ncdoj.gov

 

Patricia K. Harris, Director
Division of Soil and Water Conservation
1614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1614
919-715-6097 (w)
Pat.Harris@ncagr.gov

 

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559