Past President (2008)
David Cleavinger is a fifth-generation Texas farmer and rancher who operates his 4,500-acre irrigated family farm and ranch in Wildorado, near Amarillo. His crop production has included wheat, corn, grain sorghum, seed milo, sorghum silage, cotton and sugar beets along with stocker cattle. In 1979, he earned a degree in agriculture business and economics from West Texas A&M University.
David began his leadership in agriculture with the Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program in 1992. This two-year program allowed him to study agriculture enterprises and local economies throughout Texas and provided the opportunity for travel to Mexico, Argentina, California and Washington, D.C. David also served as chairman of the Texas Rural Communities Board in Austin, which provides grants and loans to new businesses in rural Texas.
David has been an advocate for agricultural policy at the state and federal levels for more than 15 years. He served as chairman of the Texas Wheat Producers Board in 2000 and represented Texas on NAWG’s Domestic Policy Committee during the negotiations of the 2002 Farm Bill. In 1996, he served on the U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors and traveled to Europe and the Middle East to promote U.S. wheat products to foreign buyers.
David and his wife, Jackie, attend Hillside Christian Church in Amarillo and have been married for more than 30 years. Jackie serves as business manager for Wildorado Independent School District, the board of which David has served on in the past. They have two children, Kent, who is in the family farming operation, and Kelly, a sales representative for Graham Data Supplies in Amarillo.