Lyons Resident Selected for J. Lamar Branch Award at ABAC

Staff Report From Tifton CEO

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Brent Galloway from Lyons has been selected as the 2020 J. Lamar Branch Award recipient by the ABAC Alumni Association at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  This award is normally presented at the Alumni Awards Luncheon at Homecoming each April but was postponed due to the pandemic. The event will be rescheduled, possibly during the fall term. 

The J. Lamar Branch Award for Outstanding Leadership in Agriculture is presented by the ABAC Alumni Association in recognition of alumni who have distinguished themselves through community service, professional achievement, and service to the College. The award was first presented in 1987.  It is named in memory of the late J. Lamar Branch, a dedicated alumnus and statewide agricultural leader.

A 1992 ABAC graduate, Galloway received an Associate of Science degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Animal Husbandry. He completed his education at the Graham School of Cattle Management in Kansas.

Galloway currently serves as the State Livestock Advisor for Georgia Correctional Industries. He oversees the management of livestock on all seven Georgia state prison farms, including more than 120,000 laying hens, 2,000 cows, and 5,000 hogs. He also supervises the individual farm managers, oversees budget decisions, and directs the crop production of corn, silage, and hay for livestock feed. Prior to this position, Galloway worked with private livestock operations in multiple states.

Galloway invests in his community by serving with the Newton County Farm Bureau, the Georgia Cattleman’s Association, and the Georgia Beef Board. He also supports Piedmont Academy as a booster, contributes to the Natural Resource Conservation Workshop as a scholarship sponsor, and sits as a committee member for the Newton County 2050 Plan.

As a proud ABAC alumnus, Galloway has returned to campus many times to participate in career days and Cattlemen's Association meetings.  He has also hosted ABAC interns and helped them pave their way to the future.