Brent Jackson is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Jackson Farming Company, Inc. in Autryville, North Carolina. Under his leadership, the company maintains thousands of acres of farmland and the wide distribution of its produce to a variety of retailers. In addition to thirty years in farming, Jackson has contributed much to his community and industry through his involvement in civic and trade organizations.
Jackson has used his agriculture experience to protect North Carolina’s top industry as chair of the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, and now as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Among others, Jackson has served as Chairman of the Board of the National Watermelon Association, President of the North Carolina Horticulture Council, a Board Member of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. He also served on the Board of the Sampson County Farm Bureau, the Sampson County Airport Authority and the Boards of the Clement Civic Center and Clement Fire Department. Jackson is a board member and President of the International Organization of State Ag and Rural Leaders (SARL).
An education advocate, Jackson served on the Board of Trustees of Sampson Community College and Midway School District Board. A church leader, Jackson has served in numerous capacities, including Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Union Grove Baptist Church. Jackson has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 42 years. They raised three children, of which two are living, and are the proud grandparents of three beautiful grandchildren.