Two new members join N.C. Board of Agriculture

by | Aug 14, 2009

Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler, right, with new Board of Agriculture members Billy Johnston, left, and Casey Armstrong.

Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler, right, with new Board of Agriculture members Billy Johnston, left, and Casey Armstrong.

Gov. Beverly Perdue recently appointed Casey Armstrong of Enfield and Billy Johnston of Fletcher to the N.C. Board of Agriculture. She also reappointed Kirk Mathis of Roaring River and Bert Pitt of Macclesfield to the board.

Armstrong fills the role of horse farmer on the board. She manages saddlebred and Arabian horses on her farm in Halifax County. She is a former president of the N.C. Horse Council and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

Johnston fills the role of dairy farmer on the board. He is a partner in Taproot Dairy and president of the N.C. Dairy Sustainability and Growth Committee. He also is president of Buncombe County Farm Bureau and serves on N.C. Farm Bureau’s board.

Mathis raises beef, broiler chickens, corn and grain in Wilkes County. He has served on the Board of Agriculture since 2003. Pitt, a sixth-generation tobacco farmer in Pitt County, also has served on the board since 2003.

The Board of Agriculture is the primary rulemaking body for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Its 10 members are appointed by the governor. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler serves as chairman of the board.