Forrest H. Ingram


Forrest H. Ingram was born in Clay County, Alabama, in 1915. He attended Berry College and graduated with highest honors from Auburn University in 1939 with a degree in agricultural education.

After work as a Soil Conservation Service field man, Ingram took his first job in the fledgling poultry industry with Farm Industries, forerunner to Wayne Poultry. In that job, he was involved in such innovations as placing broilers with farmers on contract and the introduction of bulk feed.

Ingram began his own poultry business in the early 1950s in Cullman. First named Alabama Poultry Industries, it became known as Goldenrod Broilers in the early 1960s. The company continues to thrive, as has the Alabama poultry industry that Ingram and other pioneers built nearly from the ground up.

The Alabama Poultry and Egg Association honored Ingram in 1978 by naming him to its Alabama Poultry Hall of Fame.

Ingram lives in Cullman County. He married the former Ruby Townsend in 1941 and they have two children, Mary Fay and Bill, both of whom work in the Ingram poultry business.