Suffolk man re-appointed to National Peanut Board

Published 7:40 pm Saturday, October 18, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently re-appointed two Virginia men to spots on the National Peanut Board.

John Crumpler II of Suffolk was re-appointed to represent Virginia. Crumpler and his wife, Terri, own and operate RCR Farms Inc. in Suffolk. They grow peanuts, soybeans, cotton, corn and wheat.

Crumpler has more than 10 years of experience in farming. Before becoming a full-time farmer, Crumpler worked for 12 years in the fertilizer industry. In 2009, he received the Southeast Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award for the Upper Southeast region.

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A lifelong resident of Suffolk, Crumpler is a member of Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church. He enjoys spending time with his family, including son Robert and daughter-in-law Erica; traveling; and hunting.

“Serving on the National Peanut Board is important to me, especially helping to make decisions about where our farmers’ check-off dollars are being utilized,” Crumpler said. “It has been very educational to be involved with the board’s strong approach towards peanut allergy education and allergy research funding, which has helped so many people with food allergies. The production research we fund has helped on the farm with the development of new plant varieties that has resulted in increased yields.”

Paul Rogers III of Wakefield was re-appointed as the Virginia alternate member.

The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2015.