Born February 14, 1914, in Elmore County, Alabama, Cecil Lane, now a resident of Benton, Alabama, grew up on a farm and learned to love the land and the animals that inhabit the land. This led Lane to a career in agribusiness. He has devoted much of his life to the study, development, and growth of the beef cattle industry. Until his retirement in 2002, he was owner of Lane Cattle Company, which has operations in Alabama, Kansas, and Texas. Lane has contributed more than fifty years of service to Alabama’s cattle industry and his company has fed more cattle for a longer period of time than any other company in the history of Alabama.
Lane is a long-time member of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and is a charter member of the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame and the Southeastern Livestock Exposition. He has served on the board of directors of the National Cattlemen’s Association and the organization’s political action committee, and was appointed to the first Beef Promotion Research Board by the Secretary of Agriculture. Lane is the recipient of many awards including the T. Whit Athey Jr. Memorial Award and a State of Alabama Commendation given to him by then Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. He now serves on the board of Lowndes Bank and still plays an active role in the running of his company.
A generous contributor of time, energy, and money to his community and to Auburn University, Lane was one of the first to make a generous donation to the new Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit and Meats Laboratory project. Lane serves as a deacon of the Benton Baptist Church and spends a great deal of time with the church youth. Lane has six children, four of whom graduated from Auburn University.
Lane, and his wife, Sue, have found that the key to having good working relationships is honest communication and Christ-like behavior to maintain those relationships.