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Agricultural Advisory Board
Meeting Information

Agricultural Advisory Board Members

An Agricultural Advisory Board has been established to implement the provisions of this program.


The Advisory Board will consist of no less than nine (9) members appointed by the Board of Commissioners as listed below, and appointments are to be for terms of three (3) years, with reappointment permitted. Terms will begin upon appointment and shall continue through June 30 of the year of expiration.

Board Membership requirements:

  • Each Advisory Board member must be a Wilkes County resident or landowner.

  • At least seven (7) members must be actively engaged in farming, horticulture, and/or forestry. 

  • The Wilkes Soil and Water Conservation District (Wilkes SWCD) Board of Supervisors, the Wilkes County Office of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the local U.S. Farm Service Agency County Committee, the local Farm Bureau, and the local office of the North Carolina Forest Service shall each submit one name for appointment by the Board of Commissioners.

  • The five (5) Advisory Board members listed above shall select one (1) member from each region for appointment by the Board of Commissioners. The member appointed for each such region will represent the interests of those Districts located in said member’s region.



Claude Shew, Jr.

Toby Lee Speaks

Brenda Blake

Benny Alexander

Dan Bumgarner

Jimmy Church

Dennis McGrady

James Motsinger

Donald Parker





Member at Large

Member at Large

Member at Large

Member at Large

Member at Large

Member at Large

Appointing Body

Wilkes SWCD

Region 1

Region 2

NC Coop. Extension - Wilkes

Region 4

NC Farm Bureau - Wilkes

NC Forest Service - Wilkes

Region 3

USDA Farm Service Agency - Wilkes

Term Expiration

June 30, 2024

June 30, 2025

June 30, 2025

June 30, 2024

June 30, 2025

June 30, 2024

June 30, 2026

June 30, 2026

June 30, 2026


The Advisory Board uses the Wilkes County fiscal year as its meeting year. The Advisory Board members strive to meet at least once each quarter (approximately every 90 days). Meeting dates and times are posted as far in advance as possible via newspapers, their website, and social media. All meetings are open to the public.  


The Advisory Board Tasks:

  1. Reviews and approves or disapproves applications of landowners for enrollment of qualified farmland in a District;

  2. Makes decisions concerning the establishment and modification of Districts;

  3. Execute Conservation Agreements and modifications to or revocations thereof on behalf of the County;

  4. Conduct public hearings;

  5. Advises the Board of Commissioners on projects, programs, or issues affecting the agricultural economy and agricultural, horticultural, or forestry activities within the County that will affect Districts;

  6. Reviews and makes recommendations concerning proposed amendments to the Ordinance;

  7. File an annual report with the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture or his staff in compliance with N.C.G.S. §106-743;

  8. Develop a draft countywide farmland protection plan as defined in N.C.G.S. § 106- 744(e) for presentation to the Board of Commissioners;

  9. Study additional methods of protection for farming, horticulture, forestry, and the attendant land base, and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners; and

  10. Perform other agricultural, horticultural, and forestry-related tasks or duties assigned by the Board of Commissioners.

Public Meeting Notice

When: May. 28, 2024, 10:00 am
Location: Wilkes Ag Center, Conference Room B

This is a regularly scheduled quarterly board meeting.

Meeting Agenda

Previous Meeting Minutes

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