Wayne County farmers take top leadership roles on NC Pork Council Board of Directors

Jim Lynch of Goldsboro will serve as president of the NC Pork Council Board of Directors this year.
Jim Lynch of Goldsboro will serve as president of the NC Pork Council Board of Directors this year.

RALEIGH – Jim Lynch and Lorenda Overman, both from Goldsboro, were elected this week to lead the North Carolina Pork Council board of directors as president and vice president, respectively.

Jim Lynch of Goldsboro has been elected president. Lynch has been on the board since 2012 and served as vice president last year. He has been employed by Maxwell Foods since 2002, where he manages Environmental Services & Grower Relations.  Jim was raised on a family farm of four generations in Wayne County where he still operates a turkey brooder operation with Butterball.

Lorenda Overman
Lorenda Overman of Goldsboro will serve as vice president of the NC Pork Council Board of Directors this year.

Lorenda Overman of Goldsboro was elected to serve as vice president. Overman has been a member of the NC Pork Council board since 2013. Along with her husband Harrell, Lorenda has worked with swine and row crops for more than 34 years. Their farm, which has been in the family for more than 100 years, now produces row crops of corn, soybeans and wheat along with both a sow farm and finishing barns. Their sons are also involved in the family business.

Everett Johnson will continue to serve on the board as the immediate past president. Johnson has been raising hogs in Surry County with his brother since 1985. He has served on the NC Pork Council board since 2003 and has served as the president (2019), vice president (2018) and secretary-treasurer (2010-2017).

In addition to the officers, two new board members were elected by the membership to represent the board’s fourth district. Each will serve for three years. Two other members were reelected for their second term. Christina Phillips of Wallace will continue to represent District 4 and Jay Foushee of Roxboro was reelected to District 1.

Josh Coombs of Clinton was elected to represent District 4. Throughout his childhood, Josh’s family owned and operated hog farms in Sampson County. He now owns Josh Coombs Farms, raising nursery and finishing pigs for Prestage Farms. In addition to swine production, he also manages 325 acres of timber. Josh is also a full-time captain with Clinton Fire Department.

Michael Inman of Tar Heel was also elected to represent District 4. Michael has been employed by Prestage Farms since November 1991 and is currently a sow service representative. His farm is a third-generation family farm that grows corn, soybeans, peanuts and Coastal Bermuda grass in addition to their 6,400 head nursery contracted with Smithfield.

The N.C. Pork Council board is comprised of 18 district directors elected by the membership. Additional board members include representatives from allied industries and meat processors. Anyone serving on a national pork industry board is included at the state level as well. Representatives of N.C. State University, the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine, N.C. A&T State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services serve as non-voting members of the board.

Michael Inman
Michael Inman, a pig farmer from Tar Heel was elected to the NC Pork Council Board of Directors
Josh Coombs, a pig farmer from Clinton, was recently elected to serve on the NC Pork Council Board of Directors.