RALEIGH – James “Cookie” Lamb, a hog farmer from Clinton has been honored as the state’s Outstanding Pork Producer by the NC Pork Council. The award, presented Friday at the NC Pork Council’s annual conference, recognizes industry leaders for exceptional management and outstanding contributions to the state’s pork industry.
“James has been a strong advocate for North Carolina’s pork industry and a leader on environmental issues,” said Deborah Johnson, chief executive officer of the NC Pork Council. “He has a passion for hog farming that is contagious and has been an outstanding mentor to young farmers across the state.”
Lamb grew up on his family farm in Clinton and developed a true love for hog farming while studying at NC State. During a college internship at Prestage Farms, he learned about the various stages of pork production and quickly decided that raising nursery pigs was his favorite aspect.
After graduating with a degree in agriculture and environmental technology, Lamb went to work for Prestage Farms and has been an environmental specialist for the company since 2003. He also became a contract grower for
Prestage Farms, building a nursery farm on the same 75-acre tract in Clinton where he grew up. He and his family manage the nursery operations, grow corn, soybeans, millet and Bermuda grass, and raise a few cattle.
Each year, Lamb takes pride in mentoring a new group of Prestage Farms’ summer interns. It’s an opportunity for him to share his passion for hog farming and pass along the same advice and support that he received when he was a young student.
“Awards always seem to mean the most when they are given to you by your peers, so I’m deeply honored,” Lamb said. The award was presented by Summer Lanier, a Prestage Farm executive who first met Lamb when she was interning at the company.
Lamb is a strong advocate for the pork industry and actively involved in the state and national organizations, including the NC Pork Council, National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board. He served eight years at a member of the NC Pork Council’s board of directors and is a state delegate to the National Pork Board. He has twice been named Prestage Farm Nursery Grower of the Year.
He is PQA Plus certified, a designation by the National Pork Board for operators who produce safe, high quality pork and raise animals in a way that ensures their well-being.
About the NC Pork Council (www.ncpork.org)
The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) is the statewide organization charted in 1962 to support producers and allied industry partners within the North Carolina pork industry. Today, the NC pork industry includes more than 2,000 farms, provides approximately 46,000 full-time jobs and contributes $11 billion a year to the state’s economy.