Rogers elected as National Peanut Board’s ’23 chairman

Published 4:16 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Paul Rogers, of Wakefield, was elected the 2023 National Peanut Board chairman this past December. 

An NPB news release noted that Rogers will serve as active chairman from January 2023 until December 2023. Rogers’ tenure has included roles as vice chairman, treasurer and secretary.

“I am excited to continue to take our production and allergy research to higher levels in efforts to provide stability and profitability to the American peanut farmer, as well as provide a sustainable and nutritious food to feed the world,” Rogers said. “I also take the matter of replacing our current CEO Bob Parker very seriously and look forward to working closely with the search committee and Vetted Solutions to find the right successor for Bob.”

Rogers graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology and has been farming since graduating in 1997. He is a member of several agricultural organizations including the Virginia Crop Improvement Association, Virginia Cotton Growers Association, Virginia Farm Bureau Cotton Advisory Board and Virginia Cotton Board. He currently serves as a board member for Colonial Farm Credit and as past chair and current director of local Southern States Petroleum Co-op. 

Rogers is a two-time past-president of the Wakefield Ruritan Club and is on the board of directors of the Wakefield Sportsman Club. He’s been involved in coaching for more than 20 years, serving as coach of youth baseball and basketball teams, as well as junior varsity and varsity basketball and baseball teams. 

Rogers and his wife, Dawn, have three children, Lauren, Jake and Cade. 

The National Peanut Board is made up of farmers whose mission is to improve the economic condition of U.S. peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research.