Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District named its annual 2022 conservationists of the year, one for each of the seven counties the district. For his exceptional dedication to conservation efforts and practices on his farm, Al Burgamy of Torrance Farms has received the honorable distinction.
The 150-acre farm is located on Highway 24, just southeast of Milledgeville. Burgamy manages a 60-head commercial cow/calf operation at the Torrance Farm. Along with taking care of the cattle, he also partners with a neighbor to cut and bale hay at the farm and other properties nearby. Currently, they take care of approximately 350 acres for hay production.
Burgamy became involved with the Torrance Farm through his brother-in-law and close friend, Richard Torrance. His love for the farm began as a kid when Torrance would take him to the farm. Torrance’s father, C.W. Torrance, was the original owner of the farm where he raised polled Hereford cattle, chickens and hogs, maintained several laying hen houses, and farmed row crops. Over the years, the farm has been passed down through the generations, with Richard’s brother, Grady Torrance, as the current owner. Torrance and Burgamy were partners in the farm endeavors up until Torrance’s passing a few years ago. After his death, the Torrance family agreed that Burgamy would continue maintaining the farm. The farm operations continue as a team effort with both families involved with maintenance efforts at the family farm.
At the Torrance Farm, Burgamy has done exceptional work in improving pasture and hay quality through herbaceous weed treatment practices and applying fertilizers, when necessary, based on soil tests. He has put an emphasis on managing forages in the pastures and hay fields to provide the best nutrition possible for his cattle. With NRCS, the Torrance Farm was able to drill a well, run pipeline, and install water troughs with heavy use areas to provide reliable, clean drinking water for the cattle. A pond at the farm was also fenced in to keep cattle out, which reduces nutrients in the surface waters. These practices are a great benefit for the cattle and the environment at the farm.
Burgamy is involved with several community groups including the Northridge Christian Church, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Baldwin County Progressive Farmers Club where he serves as President this year. In addition, he works as Senior Construction Administrator for Clark Nexsen architectural firm.
The annual award is made possible in part by sponsors, including local Baldwin sponsors Southside Equipment, Exchange Bank, Century Bank and Trust and Magnolia State Bank.