The annual Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Luncheon will be held on October 18th at The Maxwell Center. “Wayne County is a significant component in the state, national, and global agricultural industry. We are excited to continue our efforts in promoting the ag community by presenting this annual luncheon which will once again feature a dynamic lineup for the discussion,” Stated Mrs. Jennifer Johnson, Chair of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Affairs Committee and Applied Animal Science Instructor at Wayne Community College.

“Nominations are now being accepted for the Ag Producer of the Year and the Ag Advocate of the Year. This will be the third annual awards presentation,” stated Mrs. Johnson.

The Ag Producer of the Year will be awarded to a farmer/agribusiness person in Wayne County that has used innovative or sustainable practices to enhance his/her operation during the previous/current year. This award is to promote agricultural growth within Wayne County. Past recipients include West Family Farms and Overman Farms.

The Ag Advocate of the Year in which will be awarded to an individual within the community that has promoted agriculture in a positive way throughout the year.  This award can be given to a farmer/agribusiness person or a non-agriculture person that supports agriculture. Past Recipients include Marlowe Ivey Vaughan and Kevin Johnson.


Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman and NC County Extension Director Kevin Johnson shares his passion for agriculture across the County and its incredible impact. “Wayne County boasts 551 farms in Wayne County and includes three research farms. Agriculture generates over $1 Billion for our local economy and four out of the top 10 county employers are agribusiness,” Kevin Johnson shared.

The Nomination form can be accessed here.