James Edwards Lee, 65, assistant administrator for farm programs in the Department of Agriculture's Farmers Home Administration who also was an authority on training dogs, died of cancer Saturday at his Falls Church home.

Born and reared on a livestock farm near Poplarville, Miss., Mr. Lee earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Mississippi State University. He earned a master's degree in agriculture from Auburn University in Alabama.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1950 and joining Agriculture's Farmer's Home Administration, he taught vocational agriculture in Alabama and worked for three years in regional offices in Alabama for the Agriculture Department.

Mr. Lee's numerous achievement awards from the Agriculture Department include the Equal Employment Opportunity Achievement Award received in 1976 and the Superior Service Award received in 1978.

During World War II, he served as an Army field artillery officer in the Philippines.

Mr. Lee was a lay reader at Fair Park Baptist Church in Alexandria. He was a member of Toastmasters International, where he had held every office and a member of the Virginia chapter of the American Brittany Club, a dog-breeding organization. Besides being an authority on dog training, he also was an authority on field trials.

His other memberships included the American Legion and the lzaak Walton League of America.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janet Hardwick Lee, of Falls Church; two daughters, Patricia Grawford of Metairie, La., and Alma Carpenter of Deerfield, Ill.; two sons, James H., of Lebanon, Ind., and W. Edward of Fort Washington, Md.; brother, Johnny, and two sisters, Tishia Frye and Myra Powers, all of Poplarville; two other sisters, Vera Bounds of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Myrtis Lee of Bogalusa, La., and five grandchildren.