Parnell is a native of Stanton, Ala., and a graduate of Auburn University in agricultural business and economics. He served on Alfa's board of directors from 1999-2008; was chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation Young Farmers State Committee in 1997; and has been president of the Chilton County Farmers Federation since 2006. In 1999, he and his family were named Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family.
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Parnell, 48, is fifth-generation farmer and a partner in his family's beef cattle farm and timber business. In 2006, the Alabama Forestry Association named him Alabama Logger of the Year. He has served in numerous leadership roles for business, environmental, agricultural organizations that include Central Alabama Farmers Co-op board of directors, Chilton County Water Authority, Chilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Cattlemen Beef Association and the Alabama Forest Fund.
He and his wife, Robin, have two children, James Robert and Anna Grace. They are active members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Maplesville.