Raymond previously served as alternate board member for North Carolina for six years. Garner is a fifth-generation farmer in Halifax County and has been farming since 1992. As owner and operator of Garner Family Farms, he grows peanuts, cotton, soybeans and wheat. Garner graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in agronomy. Before he became a farmer, he worked with NC Cooperative Extension Service as agriculture agent.
Garner is the current president of both the Halifax County Farm Bureau and the NC Peanut Growers Association. He is a partner in Roanoke Cotton Company, LLC, in Weldon. He serves in a variety of roles at Smith United Methodist Church and serves on the board of trustees at Halifax Academy. Garner and his wife Janice have two children, Elizabeth and Ray III. In their spare time, the Garners enjoy NC State University football games and attending their children’s sports and extracurricular activities.
“I have enjoyed serving on the National Peanut Board and seeing the positive impact NPB-sponsored research and promotion have had on the industry,” he said. “Peanut consumption is increasing, concerns about peanut allergies are being addressed and production research has improved profitability. It’s a great time to be a peanut farmer."