Jeff Roper owns and operates Jeffery Roper Farms and produces organic peanuts, cotton, organic milo and organic wheat and native grasses. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Texas Tech University and is a graduate of the Peanut Leadership Academy. Roper and his wife of 29 years, Melissa, have two children, Brittney Shipley (spouse Ken) and Bryson, and one grandson, Barrett. Bryson farms with Roper and recently completed the first harvest of his own operation.
Throughout his farming career, Roper has been involved in several peanut industry organizations including the Texas Farm Bureau, Western Peanut Growers Association and Texas Peanut Producers Board, where he currently serves as vice chairman. He has been a member of the American Peanut Council Export Committee since 2012, having held various officer roles.
“After serving as alternate for Texas these last four years, I have a better understanding of how the Board operates, especially in the areas of allergy research, state research funding and helping fund genomics research, and the vast promotion work done by the Board and its partners,” Roper said. “We have and will continue to see the life-saving advancements in peanut allergy in children. Also, in the next few years we should be able to have peanut varieties that are the result of genomics research.”
Roper enjoys playing golf, watching Texas Tech sports and, most of all, spending time with his grandson.