James H. Baxter, IV
James H. Baxter, IV, “Jay,” is a 4th generation farmer at Baxter Farms, Inc. in Georgetown, DE. He studied agriculture at the University of Delaware, and after graduating in 2002, he was very happy to return to the family farm. Jay worked side by side for days on end with his grandfather, Jim, his father, Jimmy, and his uncle Bill learning the hard work and dedication needed to grow into a passionate farmer. The Baxter farming operation was established from a small farm and tomato canning operation when James, Sr. moved from Baltimore, Maryland, in the early 1900’s.
Jay currently manages and farms the 2,800 acre farm in Sussex County, along with his sister, to continue current standards, stay up to date with technologies, and maintain the dedication that started with their grandparents, Jim and Ruth, in 1948. A majority of the acreage that Jay tills is corn and soybeans, but he continues to increase the acreage into food grade crops including sweet corn, lima beans, black-eyed peas, and edamame. Baxter Farms, Inc. is proud to include over 1,200 acres into Delaware’s Farmland Preservation, a priority that has continued into the later generations of the Baxter’s. The corporation has recently expanded its tillable land with the purchasing of adjacent farmland and rental opportunities to continue to feed local families and a growing world. The farming operation also includes overseeing the production of 200,000 broilers, which are raised for Mountaire Farms, Inc.
Jay’s dedication to God, family, and farming has grown from his family roots which are assets that he continues to pass down to his three sons, James(10), Jude(8), and Justus(3). Baby Baxter is due in December.
In addition to being an active farmer and family man, Jay is dedicated to community involvement.
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