James Smart Collins


James Smart Collins was a loyal son, dedicated husband, a role model to many and a teacher. His influence in Alabama’s agribusiness dates back to the early 1930’s when he was a partner in J.S. Collins Dairy in Montgomery, Al.

Collins was born in Montgomery, Al., on January 10, 1921. He married Era Clair Collins and had three children, five grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

He established Collins Farm in 1944 with his father in Cusseta, Al., and worked at Roanoke Stockyards from the early 1950’s to 2007. He also served the cattle industry as a Prolix feed dealer since 1967 and founded Collins Feed Service.

Collins took care and pride in what he produced. He was a dairyman from 1930 to 1944 and a cattleman from 1944 to 2009.

When he wasn’t working his cattle farm, Collins spent much of his free time involved in Alabama’s agriculture community.

He is a past president of the Alabama Angus Association, Chambers County Farmers Federation, Chambers County Extension Council and twice served as president of the Chambers County Cattlemen’s Association.

He also served as Chair of ALFA Farmers Federation Beef Commodity Committee. Collins was dedicated to helping develop and promote the cattle industry and Alabama Agribusiness through the support of these organizations.

He put time and effort into a “teaching hands” approach to future generations with Auburn University – a relationship that spans six decades.

“Growing people,” Collins liked to say, was as important as growing cattle and hay. In addition to teaching his family, since 1973, more than three-dozen Auburn University students learned about cattle farming while working on Collins Farm.

Collins never accepted mediocrity from his interns and students because he never gave it.