Third-generation farmer in Gaines County with 17 years of farming experience, Scott Nolen is no stranger to growing peanuts. The Texas Peanut Producers Board recently welcomed Nolen to its board as a District One representative. In addition to growing peanuts, Nolen farms a combined 1,100 acres of cotton, wheat and hay, and recently added a pecan orchard to his operation.
Thinking he wanted to be an engineer, Nolen went to college at Texas A&M University where he studied agricultural economics. After graduating however, he chose to return to the small town, farming lifestyle.
In addition to TPPB, Nolen serves on the board of Ag Texas Farm Credit Services, the Gaines County IPM steering committee, and the Gaines County Farm Bureau, as well as successfully managing an aerial application chemical and seed sales family business in Seminole.
Nolen hopes to focus on the technical aspects of research, peanut profitability and preserving the ancestry of growing peanuts in the High Plains while serving on TPPB.
“It is important to keep peanut farming profitable in Texas,” Nolen says. “There is a long history of growing peanuts in Gaines County, and we need to strive to keep the legacy going for future generations.”
Nolen adds that finding peanut varieties which can survive the risk of disease and the erratic climate is crucial for peanut farming to survive in this region for years to come.
Beyond the farm and family business, Nolen has been married to his wife Wende for 11 years. They have one daughter named Zoee, 8.
In his spare time, Nolen enjoys scuba diving and traveling with his family.