WACO - Donald Patman was named the winner of the District 4 Texas Farm Bureau Pioneer Award at the 74th annual Texas Farm Bureau Convention in Waco on Dec. 2.

This award is given to honor contributions and service to the Farm Bureau and Texas agriculture.

Patman was nominated by the Ellis County Farm Bureau board of directors for more than 50 years of outstanding agricultural dedication and achievement.

Patman began his service to the Texas Farm Bureau more than 50 years ago and serves the Ellis County Farm Bureau as president and secretary treasurer. He has served as chairman of the wheat, cotton and membership committees.

In December 1994, Patman was elected to the Texas Farm Bureau board of directors and served until 1996, when he was elected vice president. In January 2000, Patman was elected president of the Texas Farm Bureau, serving until December 2002. Patman also served on the AFBF board of directors from 2000-2003.

During his tenure at Texas Farm Bureau, Patman also served on the resolutions committee.

Along with his support of the Texas Farm Bureau, Patman has also served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Whole Farm/Ranch Planning Program initiative task force and the Agriculture Policy Board ad-hoc advisory committee.

In honor of his work, he has received such awards as the Communication and Public Relations Award from the Professional Agricultural Workers of Texas, an Honorary State Lone Star Farmer Award and the Rotary Soil Conservation Award.

Today, in partnership with his son, Patman raises cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans. He is also serving his fourth year on both boards of the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company.