Immediate Past President
Paul Penner owns and manages a cash grain farm in central Kansas near Hillsboro. His principal crops are wheat, soybeans, grain sorghum, corn and grass hay. In addition, Paul operates a custom farming enterprise in Marion County.
As a representative of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers (KAWG) on NAWG’s Board of Directors, he served on NAWG’s Research and Technology Committee and Operations and Planning Committee. He was also a member of NAWG’s Environment and Renewable Resources Committee, and was that panel’s chairman in 2009-2010.
A long-time member of KAWG, Paul has held each of that organization’s officer chairs and has served an additional year-long term each as vice president and president.
During his time in KAWG’s leadership, Paul has been actively involved in the formation of Heartland Plant Innovations, Inc., a for-profit biotechnology company of which KAWG is a majority shareholder. Penner served on HPI’s first CEO search committee and currently serves as HPI’s Audit Committee chair.
Additionally, Paul has served as an alternate committee member for the recently formed Kansas Wheat Alliance, which collects end-user royalties from seed revenues and reinvests those funds into wheat research.
In addition to his service to the wheat industry, Paul serves as treasurer of Risely Township.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics with a concentration in accounting from Tabor College in Hillsboro. He is also a graduate of the wheat industry’s two leadership training programs, the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) program and the Wheat Organization Leaders of the Future (WOLF) program.
Paul and his wife, Deborah, have three adult children and celebrated the birth of twin granddaughters in 2010.