Press Release from Alabama Cattlemen’s Association
Jimmy Holliman of Marion Junction was elected 68th president of Alabama Cattlemen’s Association on March 23 during the annual meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham. Other officers are Woody Clark, Andalusia, president-elect; Jim Akin, Lexington, vice president; L. D. Fitzpatrick, Hope Hull, treasurer; and Dr. Billy Powell, Montgomery, secretary and executive vice president.
Holliman was raised on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta. He received a B.S. in Animal Science and a Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition from Mississippi State University. Holliman has been employed by Auburn University since 1975 where he worked at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction, serving as director of the station since 1989. He retired on January 31 of this year.
Jimmy started Circle H Cattle Farm in 1982 where he raises some outstanding Black Simmental cattle. He is a member of the Sunshine Farms Bull Sale Group.
Holliman is widely known as a local, state and national leader in the beef cattle industry. He has served as director of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association for 35 years, serving as president in 2003. He is currently president of the Dallas County Farmers Federation.
Holliman served as a regional vice president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and as president of the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association. He was president of the Alabama Purebred Breeds Council in 1990-1992.
Holliman has been an officer in the Alabama Simmental Association and serves as trustee for the American Simmental Association. In 2004-2005, Holliman was elected president of the Beef Improvement Federation, an international organization promoting the use of performance evaluation. He has been involved with BIF since 1998. He serves on the Policy Division Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Holliman has received numerous awards for his service to the beef cattle industry.
He and his wife Kathleen enjoy living on their farm where they raised a son Brett, who is now married to Mary Ellen and lives in Austin, Texas. They are active members of the Marion Junction Baptist Church where he serves as deacon.
Four cattlemen and local industry leaders were also elected to serve as state regionals vice president during the 70th annual meeting. They will serve a 3-year term of office. They are Tommy Fuller of Chatom, Keith Glover of Greensboro, Crawford Jones of Prattville and Dr. Terry Slaten of Cullman.
Fuller has been active in the livestock industry and Alabama Cattlemen’s Association for four decades. He grew up in Alexander City and received a B.S in Agricultural Economics and a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from Auburn University.
He worked in the county Extension office in Washington County from 1969-1995 where he served as the livestock agent and later as county Extension coordinator. Following retirement, he works with the Turner Law Firm in Chatom.
Fuller is active in the SLE, the Alabama Stock Horse Association and Washington County Cattlemen’s Association, where he has served in all officer levels and has been secretary for 20 years. He also served as president of the American Stock Horse Association.
Fuller is active in the Chatom United Methodist Church, Friends of the Washington County Library, National Wild Turkey Federation, NRA and Masonic Lodge.
Glover grew up on a farm in Greensboro where he graduated from Greensboro High School. He attended Auburn University before returning to the family farm. Glover began fulltime farming in 1980 where he raised dairy and beef cattle, catfish and row crops. In 1996, he sold the dairy herd and went into a stocker operation. He also became manager of Glover Farms Inc. Both operations included 1,500-2,000 head of stockers and 250 brood cows. Today he just runs stocker cattle.
He has been president of the Hale County Cattlemen’s Association and chairman of the County Farmers Federation. He has served 5 years on the State Alfa Beef Committee. Glover is past chairman of the Hale County Soil and Water Conservation Board.
Keith and his wife Brenda were selected as Outstanding Farm Family by Alfa in 1993 and Outstanding Young Jersey Dairyman by the American Jersey Cattle Association.
He serves on the Board of Directors at the Citizens Bank. A member of the Greensboro United Methodist Church, he and Brenda, a regional Extension agent, have three children: Dr. Olivia Helms, a veterinarian in Kansas; Anna, a junior at Auburn; and John, a freshman at Auburn.
Jones grew up on the Wadsworth Brothers farm in Prattville where he attended Prattville High School. He graduated from Auburn with a degree in Animal Science in 1994.
Following graduation, he worked with Con Agra Feeds, Greenway Technologies and Guaranty Technologies until 2005 when he went to work with Home Place Partners. He is co-owner and operator of Jones Brothers Farms where he and his brother Cooper run 250 head of commercial cows and have 900 acres of cotton, 150 acres of small grain and 750 acres of hay land for custom and their own use.
Jones is active with the Prattville United Methodist Church and Prattville Kiwanis Club. He was president of the Autauga County Cattlemen’s Association and serves on the board of directors.
He and his wife Marsha have two children: Emeline, 11, and Fletcher, 7. Crawford is the grandson of past ACA president and longtime-treasurer Ed Wadsworth.
Slaten grew up in rural Morgan County in the Eva Community. In high school, he was active in 4-H with projects such as public speaking, livestock judging and raising livestock. He was the state 4-H Boy’s Leadership winner in 1976. Terry received a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1984. He practiced veterinary medicine in Montana and Mississippi before going to work for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries as a Veterinary Medical Officer. In May of 2003, Slaten had been an Associate State Veterinarian for 9 years and for the past 1 ½ years has been director of the State Diagnostic Lab in Hanceville.
Slaten enjoys re-establishing his Grandpa’s farm and has been involved in the cattle industry his entire career. He is former president of the Cullman Lions Club, and former president of the North Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. He served as president of the Cullman County Cattlemen’s Association where he led them to becoming the largest county chapter in the country at 727. He also served as regional vice president.
Slaten is a Sunday school teacher and deacon at the Seventh Street Baptist Preservation Church in Cullman. Terry is married to Lana, who served as president of the State and National CattleWomen’s Association. They have a son Gus.
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is a service-based, non-profit organization founded in 1944 and headquartered on Capitol Hill in Montgomery. Producer and member driven, the ACA’s mission is to enhance the business climate of the state’s beef cattle industry, promoting a positive image while educating consumers that beef is a safe, wholesome, nutritious and convenient food product. The Association has county chapters in all 67 counties and represents 11,500 members statewide.