Neal Baxley is the 2023 secretary of the board and is a seventh-generation farmer. He owns and operates Baxley Farms, LLC, along with his father, Steve, and brother, Gene Robert. They grow Virginia and runner peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans and tobacco and have a cattle and hog operation. Baxley graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering. He and his wife, Amanda, have three daughters: Madison Kate, Myra Elizabeth and Magnolia Grace.
Baxley is involved in a number of industry and professional organizations. He is the current state director of the Marion County Farm Bureau and current member of the South Carolina Peanut Board, South Carolina Farm Bureau State Board and South Carolina Pork Board. In addition, Baxley has served as past-chairman of the Tobacco Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Farm Bureau, Tobacco Advisory Committee for the American Farm Bureau Federation, South Carolina Department of Agriculture Tobacco Board, Marion County Farm Service Agency County Committee and South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Committee. He is a deacon at Mullins Presbyterian Church.
“I look forward to serving as a Board member to grow the peanut industry to ensure a profitable and sustainable future for the hardworking peanut-farming families across the Southeast through promoting peanuts and funding cutting-edge research that will make a difference in producers’ operations,” said Baxley. “I am proud of the progress the NPB has made in increasing the per capita usage of peanuts and peanut products to help utilize the increased, yet sustainable, productivity of the American peanut farmer, which was aided by research funded by those same farmers through the National Peanut Board. I am also proud of the progress made in the area of peanut allergies, and the research funded by American peanut farmers that has and will continue to help to ensure that healthy peanuts are safe for all consumers.”
Baxley’s spare time activities include spending time with family, participating in church activities and quail hunting.