CORPUS CHRISTI - Bob Turner of Coleman County received the District 7 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Pioneer Award for his contributions to Texas agriculture during TFB's 78th Annual Meeting Sunday in Corpus Christi.

           With 35 years in the United States Army, more than a decade serving in the Texas House of Representatives and a lifetime of farming and ranching, Turner has demonstrated devotion and commitment to his country, his state and Texas agriculture.

           Turner has raised sheep, beef cattle, small grains and hay on the Coleman County land his grandfather purchased in 1900. He joined Coleman County Farm Bureau in 1975, where he served two terms as president. In 1985, Turner was elected to the Texas Farm Bureau state board and served as vice president, member of the Blue Ribbon Goals and Resolutions committees, chairman of the Texas Rural Health Committee and board member of the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. Additionally, Turner chaired the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Animal Damage Control Committee and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Rural Health Committee, among other state and national policy councils.

           While representing constituents in the Texas House, Turner was a member of the agriculture, natural resource, land and resource, public safety and Texas homeland security committees. Following his retirement in 2003, Turner founded the Rural Issues Lobbying Service to represent the interests of farmers and ranchers across the Lone Star State. Turner has been recognized with several honors, including the TFB Meritorious Service Award.

           An active member of his community, Turner has volunteered with the Mozelle/Panther Creek School Board, the Coleman and Brownwood Chambers of Commerce, the Retired Officers Association and Gouldbusk United Methodist Church.

           TFB's Pioneer Award honors one outstanding Texas farmer or rancher in each of the organization's 13 districts, as well as one staff member. Winners are chosen annually by a panel of their peers for their exceptional contributions to agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau.