Ronnie B. Holladay
A life-long resident of Lowndes County, Holladay grew up surrounded by cattle, cotton and timber farming. He was active in local and state 4-H programs, especially showing cattle.
Holladay received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural business and economics from Auburn in 1968 and returned home to begin a farming program. Early on, the focus at Holladay Farms was on beef production. As markets changed, the farm diversified to include cotton, corn, wheat, hay, timber and custom harvesting. Recent new ventures include a turf farm and a hunting lodge.
In support of statewide activities, Holladay has served as president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and the AU Agricultural Alumni Association. He is a member of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Alabama Santa Gertrudis Association and Alabama Soil & Water Conservation Committee.
Holladay served eight years on the Cattleman’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, a group responsible for the industry’s $45 million check-off program. He served one term as chairman. He is a member and past director of the National Cattlemen’s Association.
Long a proponent of highlighting the importance of agriculture in the state, Holladay is a strong advocate for the development of Ag Heritage Park on the AU campus. It was during his tenure as president of the AU Ag Alumni Association that the Board of Trustees approved the project and funding was obtained from the Lowder Foundation for the reconstruction of the Red Barn.
Holladay’s faith and volunteerism direct his daily life. In 2002, he coordinated, developed and conducted an Ag in the Classroom tour for more than 100 teachers across the state, focusing on the importance of providing food and fiber to individual citizens. Holladay has served terms as director and president of the Lowndes County Farmers Federation, the Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association and the Lowndes County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is a deacon of Benton Baptist Church and a moderator of the Selma Baptist Association.
In 2008, Holladay was appointed by the Alabama Baptist State Convention to the board of trustees at the University of Mobile. He is also a member of the board of directors of ALCAP, the Alabama Citizens Action Program.
Ronnie and Mitzi have three children—Sandi, Lane and Richard—and five grandchildren—Laney, Aubrey, Sarah Grace, Maggie and Hope.