RALEIGH — Richmond County farmer Jim Lambeth was recently selected to serve on the N.C. Board of Agriculture.
The 11-member board is a policymaking body that adopts regulations for many of the programs administered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Members are appointed by the governor of North Carolina and the Commissioner of Agriculture serves as chairman of the board.
Lambeth is the poultry representative on the Board and was appointed in July to a five-year term.
He is a 1973 graduate of North Carolina State University and following college worked one year for Canal Wood.
Lambeth then returned to the farm where he, his father Mike, and brother Joe formed Triple L Farms, Inc. in the Derby community.
He served on the Richmond County Planning Board, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Richmond County Farm Bureau for many years.
He is a member of the N.C. Pine Needle Association and is a teaching elder of Norman Presbyterian Church.
Lambeth and his wife Marcia have three children — Jamie, Jed, and Meghann — and six grandchildren.
“We are honored in Richmond County to have a citizen be named to the North Carolina Board of Agriculture, especially a citizen who is a multi-generational farmer,” said state Sen. Tom McInnis, R-Richmond. “The Lambeth and Curry (families) have contributed to the betterment of our community in many ways. I am extremely proud to have Jim Lambeth on the N.C. Board of Agriculture.”
State Rep. Ken Goodman, D-Richmond, said he doesn’t think a better selection could have been made.
“It’s a great appointment,” he said. “He’s knowledgeable. I think he’ll do a great job on that board… (and) he will represent the state and Richmond County well.”
McInnis said he wasn’t sure if anyone from Richmond County has ever served on the state agriculture board.
An inquiry made to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding that question was not returned on Wednesday.