NORMAN — A longtime Richmond County farmer has been honored by the state as he hangs up his overalls.
John William McInnis, of Norman, was presented with an Ambassador of Agriculture Award earlier this month.
The plaque was presented by Dr. Sandy Stewart, assistant commissioner of Agricultural Services of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, on behalf of commissioner Steve Troxler.
According to a June 24 Facebook post from the Ag Department, McInnis has farmed his entire life, raising poultry, cattle, vegetables and show goats for kids in the 4-H program.
McInnis still breeds and raises goats for 4-H livestock shows, according to the post.
“His entire life has been dedicated to agriculture; he is a true Ambassador of Agriculture for North Carolina,” said Stewart.
According to the post, an official retirement celebration was scheduled for June 18 at Richmond Community College.