Agricultural Programs Specialist, NCDA and CS
Ex-Officio Member - NCDA Representative; Outreach
Beth Pugh Farrell joined the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2010 and is currently serving as an Agricultural Programs Specialist. In this role, she is making contributions to a broad range of activities to strengthen and enhance agriculture in the state that directly impact farmers and agribusiness.
A native of Piney Creek, NC, Beth developed a deep passion and appreciation for agriculture on her grandparents’ dairy and burley tobacco farms. Prior to joining NCDA&CS, she worked for 8 years at the N.C. Agricultural Foundation, focusing on 4-H and Extension fundraising efforts. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Poultry Science from N.C. State University. Outside the office, Beth has held numerous leadership positions with a variety of organizations, including the Junior League of Raleigh, NC State University, and the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. Beth also volunteers with Global Hope India, serves at Hope Community Church, and has completed the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Agricultural Leadership Development Program, the Junior League of Raleigh’s Capital Leadership Initiative, and Syngenta’s Leadership at its Best program. Beth and her husband, Kevin, reside in Cary, N.C., and enjoy cheering for the N.C. State Wolfpack. A few years ago, they planted around 250 blueberry bushes on Kevin’s family farm, started propagating heirloom blackberries, got a few beehives, and established Pack House Farm, a pick-your-own operation near Jordan Lake, N.C.
B.S. Animal Science NC State 2002