Langley elected president of Alabama Cattlemen’s Association
FROM STAFF REPORTS at TIMES-NEWS
MONTGOMERY — Chris Langley of Camp Hill was elected to serve as the 75th president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association at the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show in Birmingham on Feb. 16. When looking up “family farm” in the dictionary, one might fi nd a photo of Langley Farms in the description as Chris and his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth, have poured into their community and the next generation. Together, the family of six — including four children, Christopher (24), Charlie (22), Chandler (20) and Chelsea (18) — operate a commercial cow-calf operation and a small herd of registered Angus and Sim Angus cattle. The operation spans over 2,600 acres and runs over 420 head of cattle. Chris is also a co-founder of the Piedmont District Cattle Marketing Association, which has been operating now for 25 years.
“Agriculture has provided a stable environment that has encouraged our family to respect the land, to understand the meaning of hard work and provide each of our children with interests that will one day lead to the fulfillment of their career goals,” he explained. “I love being a cattleman because I love being around people in the cattle business and learning so that I can grow in it and help others.”
A diversifi ed farmer, the Chambers County native also owns and operates Chris Langley Timber & Management, Inc. and has been self-employed for 39 years as farmer in the timber, cattle and hay business. The successes of his lifelong career are refl ected in his accolades that in just the past few years include 2017 Alabama Angus Farm of the Year, 2017 Alabama Farm of Distinction, 2017 Alabama Logger of the Year and 2017 Forest Stewardship Certificate. Earlier accolades include 1990 ALFA State Forestry Winner, 1994 ALFA State Beef Winner, 1995 Piedmont BCIA Heifer Sale Top Consignor, 1996 Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family and 1999 Master Cattle Producer.
His awards are a result of his years of involvement in local and state associations. A past president and current board member of the Chambers County Cattlemen’s Association, Chris went on to serve a three-year term as a regional vice president for the association, followed by his election into state officership where he served as vice president and president- elect. He is also involved in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Soil & Water Conservation, the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation & Development Council. Chris also served several years as a regional director for the Alabama Forestry Association and currently sits as the chairman of the deacons at Rocksprings Baptist Church. In his role as president, Chris looks forward to helping the ACA remain a strong, well-respected organization by focusing on a positive outlook at all times.
“There’s no doubt about it; I love the cattle business,” he said. “My goal is to try to get more young people involved so we can carry this on for the future.” The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is a service based non-profi t 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 10,000 members statewide.