2017 Pioneer Farmer of the Year


Eugene Burrell was born on October 27, 1934 to Walter Burrell and Louise Devillier Burrell in Fannett, Texas. Eugene grew up on the family farm which has been in the Burrell Farmily for six generations.

During his young years, he drove tractors, shoveled levies and flagged for crop planting for his father. In 1953, Eugene farmed his first rice crop with his brother, Jack Burrell. He continued farming rice for nearly 60 years all except for two years while he was in the Army stationed in Germany. Rice farming, raising cattle and raising hay have been his way of life. He has continued driving tractors and does parts runs for his grandson, Will. 

In 1958, Eugene married Sandra Ray of Sour Lake. They have two daughters and one son. Karen Burrell Reneau married to Charlie, Kelly Burrell Alton married to Randy And Troy Burrell married to Shelly. They have 8 grandchildren Landon, Will, Lane, Cameron, Reid, Mary, Cody and Abby. One great grandson, Eli Reneau. 

Through the years, Eugene has served on many boards. American Rice Inc., American Rice Growers, Texas Rice Council, FArmers Home Adm., Jefferson County Appraisal Review Board, West Jefferson Municipal Water District and Coastal Cattlemen. Eugene has been a member of Hamshire Fannett School Board, Farm Bureau, Texas Southwestern, Cattle Raisers, ICA, Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s Church in Fannett. 

Eugene for many years has been the TRF Fuel Chairman. He also is a past TRF Farmer of the Year. 

Eugene would like to thank the TRF Board for choosing him to the 2017 TRF Pioneer Farmer.