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Our Story

Our
Story

Jackson Farming Company was founded by Brent and Debbie Jackson as a small family farm in 1981.  Brent, a Sampson County native, pursued the career of farming at the young age of 21. With Debbie by his side every step of the way, they faced the challenges of first-generation farming head on.​​

The newlyweds started their farming journey with only five acres of land that had been passed down from Brent’s family. The land wasn't overly vast, but it was extremely sufficient for the farming of corn, soybeans, wheat, and WATERMELONS.

First generation farming is no joke. There were many unexpected twists and turns that resulted in crop devastation and loss of revenue. But the Jacksons never lost morale, and persevered through trial and error crops, unbelievable weather and financial tribulations.

Brent says that the biggest turning point for Jackson Farming Company happened on Father's Day, June 21, 1992. “We were three days away from harvesting watermelon, cantaloupe and tomatoes, when a hail storm hit our area and completely devastated the crops,” Brent said.

Faced with a decision to either cease all operations and let the hail storm end Jackson Farming Company for good or find another way to keep the business alive, Brent decided to buy produce from local farmers to replace the damage goods so they could fullfill their customers needs.

After Jackson Farming Company made it through the hardships of the hail storm, they decided to to continue selling produce for local farmers in addition to their own.  The brokerage business took off and grew exponentially, leading to Jackson Farming Company eventially having growers in 5 states.

​Now, Brent and Debbie’s oldest son, Rodney, has taken over the family
farm making it a 2nd generation family farm.  

Though the company has expanded over time and has endured many
changes, the Jacksons still keep the “small farm” concept at the forefront
of their business.

No detail is left out of an operation, coworkers are treated as family and
hard work never goes without notice.