An area farmer was recently presented the Service to Agriculture Award by the North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents at its annual meeting. The association annually presents the award to a North Carolinian who has provided selfless service to the agricultural industry.
The 2016 award winner is John M. Langdon, who owns and operates the John M. Langdon Farm in Benson. Mr. Langdon 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 Johnston County Soil and Water Board selected John M. Langdon Farm as The River Friendly Farm of the year in 1999, and the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts named the Langdon Family the North Carolina Outstanding Conservation Farm Family in 2010.
Additionally, Mr. Langdon serves 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 winner of the N.C. Environmental Stewardship Award in 2007.
Mr. Langdon has served on the advisory board for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Johnston County and currently sits on the Commissioner Circle for the Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler. His wife, Eileen, joined Willow Run Veterinary Hospital in Smithfield in 1990 and became a partner in the practice in 2007. Mrs. Langdon also works hard on the farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Langdon have lived on his family farm and have three children. John Michael is currently a doctoral student at Texas A& M University earning his PhD in genetics and animal breeding. Hunter graduated from N.C. State with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science and is farming both independently and with his dad. Megan is a student at Cape Fear Community College, studying surgical technology.
N.C. State University Cooperative Extension Director Dr. Rich Bonanno presents the Service to Agriculture Award to Eileen and John Langdon, who live outside Benson.