FAYETTEVILLE – N.C. Wayne Collier Jr. was inducted into the Cumberland County Agricultural Hall of Fame today during the annual Farm City Week program held by the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension and the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville. Zach Dail was recognized as the 2017 Cumberland County Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year.
Collier’s official portrait was unveiled and will hang on the wall with those of past inductees in the I.B. Julian Auditorium of the Cooperative Extension office at the Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center, located at 301 E. Mountain Dr.
Collier is the owner and operator Indian Ridge Farms in the Linden community of northern Cumberland County. Collier graduated from Pine Forest High School in 1972 and earned a degree in animal science from N.C. State University in 1976. Collier built and operated a swine operation and has farmed corn, wheat and soybeans. Collier currently manages timber on the family land and continues to grow hay straw for horses and watermelons. In addition to farming, Collier also worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years.
The year 1981 was a significant year for Collier, as he was named Cumberland County Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer, Fayetteville Jaycees Outstanding Young Famer and received the Kiwanis International Distinguished Service to Agriculture award.
Service and Elected Offices
Collier has been a member of, and has served as an officer on the Cumberland County Livestock Association, Cumberland County 4-H Foundation, Cumberland County Farm Bureau, Cumberland County Voluntary Ag District, Cumberland County Farm Service Agency and Livestock Advisory Committee. Collier has also been a volunteer firefighter and past board president of the Westarea Fire Department.
Collier was elected to a four-year term as Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor in 2014 and was elected to the N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Commission in 2016. Collier serves as Linden Precinct Chief Judge for the Board of Elections. Collier was elected to the South River Electric Membership Corporation Board of Directors in 2017. He is also a 2016 graduate of Cumberland County Citizens’ Academy.
Supporting Youth Programs
Collier has been very involved with youth in Cumberland County through the Livestock Association annual market show and sale. As a board member of Cumberland County Farm Bureau, he worked with Cooperative Extension to secure a $15,000 endowment for the Cumberland County 4-H Foundation. Collier has hosted FFA forestry judging events at his farm and worked with the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to support the Envirothon for middle and high school students. Collier hast hosted the N.C. Workhorse and Mule Association “Corn Planting Day” for 10 years.
“One of Wayne Collier’s greatest impacts has been his strong commitment of engaging youth in agriculture,” Cooperative Extension Director Lisa Childers said. “You will always find Wayne participating at youth livestock shows, hosting forestry events for FFA students, advocating for 4-H and supporting environmental education for middle and high school students.”
Collier is the son of former Cumberland County Schools Superintendent C. Wayne Collier and Mary Collier, a school teacher. Collier and his wife Carolyn have two grown children. He is a member and elder of Sardis Presbyterian Church and Linden Christian Men’s Fellowship.
Young Farmer of the Year
Zach Dail is the 2017 Cumberland County Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. Dail is a fifth-generation farmer in the Wade community. Dail farms with his parents, James “Rooster” and Wanda Dail. The family grows tobacco, cucumbers, soybeans and wheat. Dail’s father was the 1992 Outstanding Young Farmer and his brother James “J.R.” Rollings Dail was the 2016 Outstanding Young Farmer. Dail’s great-grandfather, William R. Taylor, helped bring flue-cured tobacco to Cumberland County.
Dail graduated from N.C. State University in 2010. Dail is dedicated to supporting the farm operations. In his spare time, Dail enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends.
North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten as the guest speaker at today’s event.
–NC Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County Center
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