What’s Going On Wednesday: April 10, 2019

The word of the week is BEEF! Between the BEEF Cook-off, BEEF 101, the BEEFit 5k and Bama’s Best BEEF…you could say we are amping up springtime BEEF promotions here at the ACA. Not to mention the upcoming youth field day, an ongoing legislative session and membership activity on the move. It’s a busy time here at the Cattlemen’s office, so keep reading to learn more about all the exciting events taking place  in Downtown Montgomery this week!


ACA’s newest Staffer

Morgan_Pounds WEBWe’re excited to announce that Morgan Pounds has joined Team ACA as Director of Field Services.  A River Region native, Morgan will complete her degree in communications at Troy University next month and begin work full-time at the association on May 13. She will be working part-time throughout the month of April.

 

Morgan is a product of the AJCA program as she was an active showman in the state and very involved in the American Junior Brahman Association. She is passionate about youth leadership development and has some innovative ideas for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program. She is no stranger to stockyards and sales as she grew up attending these events with her family, notably her grandfather Dr. Robert Barlow of Mathews in south Montgomery County. She brings passion, enthusiasm and an outgoing personality to our team. If you would like to welcome Morgan to the staff she can be reached at mpounds@bamabeef.org.

 

 

ALABAMA JR. AND SR. HIGH SCHOOL BEEF COOK-OFF

We enjoyed hosting over 30 students from all over the state of Alabama to Screen Shot 2019-04-10 at 12.59.32 PMcome and show off their best culinary skills. The cook-off took place this past Saturday morning at Carver High School in Montgomery. The students brought a cooked recipe to present to the judges, and WOW did they impress! While judging took place, the students participated in learning activities with Chef Loren Lunde from Trenholm Community College and Alabama Beef Checkoff- contracted Registered Dietician Elesha Ergle. Check out this year’s winners and view their dishes by clicking here.

 

Overall Best in Beef

Dylan Dozier, Russell County, Ribeye Steak with Baked Potato

 

Junior North

  • First Place: Abby Grace Tuck, Jefferson County, Rosemary Thyme Filet Mignon
  • Second Place: Lauren Jones, Chilton County, Beef & Bean Roll Up
  • Third Place: Alexia Mugovero, Shelby County, Creole Steak Sheet Pan Supper

 

Senior North

  • First: Genesis Smoke, Jefferson County, Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs
  • Second: Anna Gunderman, Franklin County, Low Carb Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers
  • Third: Allison King, St. Clair County, Italian Beef Salad

 

Junior South

  • First: Savannah Loper, Washington County, Taco Rings
  • Second: Elise Belmar, Baldwin County, Cheesy Ground Beef Pasta Skillet
  • Third: Jalan Jenkins, Montgomery County, Pancake Burgers

 

Senior South

  • First: Dylan Dozier, Russell County, Ribeye Steak with Baked Potatoe
  • Second: Acadia Thomas, Dallas County, “Philling” Philly Cheesesteak
  • Third: Shelby Singleton, Washington County, Shelby’s Pot Roast

 

 

CATTLEWOMEN’S 5K

BEEFit logoThe Alabama CattleWomen’s BEEFit 5k is THIS SATURDAY, April 13 in downtown Montgomery, and we’re excited to launch Team Bama Beef at this event. Team Bama Beef will be comprised of beef-loving fitness enthusiasts and will be supported by the beef checkoff. We’re looking for people who are committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle and who love eating beef! If you’re interested in being a part of Team Bama Beef, contact Ali Cantrell by phone or email to get some more information.

Registration for the event is now live on the CattleWomen’s website, http://alabamacattlewomen.com/beefit/.

 

 

Bama’s Best Beef Kicks Off

Know of a beef dish that’s worth writing home about? WE WANT TO HEAR Screen Shot 2019-04-10 at 1.00.33 PMABOUT IT during this year’s Bama’s Best Beef contest. We kicked off our nominations round on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page, this Monday, and we want to hear about your favorite unique beef dish served up at an Alabama restaurant or food truck. Submit those nominations by commenting on the post link above. You have until this Sunday, April 14 at midnight!

 

 

A Busy Beef 101 Season

Staffer Ali Cantrell hosted a BEEF 101 yesterday for Coastal Community College Culinary students and Junior Pasture to Rail participant, Jay Collins. The Junior Pasture to Rail program had 26 feeder calves that were sent to Hy-Plains Feedyard back in November and should be getting results from that program in the next couple of months. As part of the program, the participants are asked to attend a Beef 101 and a BQA session in order to enhance their knowledge of cattle production in all sectors.

 

There will be two other BEEF 101 programs on this Thursday, April 11 and on Monday, April 15 with Bishop State Community College Culinary Program and Trenholm Community College Culinary department. Chelsea and Chandler Langley who are also Junior Pasture to Rail participants will be in attendance at the April 15 program.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 7,401 members and counting! County secretaries, be sure to be submitting that information to the i4a membership software or here to our state office! Be on the lookout for more renewals as dues statements will be sent to all non-renewed members soon. BIG congrats to our Early Bird Drawing winners:

  • Prize of $250: Bryan Cooper of Flat Rock, AL
  • Prize of $150: TJ Riner of Tuscumbia, AL
  • Prize of $100: Cole Cranford of Auburn, AL

ACA Executive VP Erin Beasley looks forward to traveling to Sumter County Thursday evening for its annual meeting at the Livingston Community Center! She’ll get to enjoy a Diamond Jim’s steak and catch up with a few of our west Alabama Cattlemen!

 

 

2019 SPRING YOUTH PRODUCTION FIELD DAY

We’re proud to announced that the Alabama Beef Checkoff will be hosting Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.08.20 PMits Spring Youth Production Field Day on Friday, April 26 at Perdido River Farms in Atmore! The event will be held this year on a weekday as voted on by the Junior Board as a way to be more inclusive to FFA groups and agriscience classes who have a hard time obtaining permission and/or logistics for weekend field trips.

Join us for a day of interactive, hands-on learning about timely topics including hay testing, soil sampling, figuring stocker capacity, annual cow checks, handling and administering vaccines and a farm tour of Perdido River Farms! Registration is now open online for this FREE event at www.BamaBeef.org/FieldDay.

 

 

Working with Wood Fruitticher

Ali will also be traveling to South’s Finest Meats in Tuscaloosa on Friday to learn about the Beef products that they provide to the Foodservice company, Wood Fruitticher. This is in order to create a Beef 201 program for Foodservice reps that have already graduated from the Beef 101 program. This will be a program that goes into more detail about the different cuts of beef and how their sales reps can market their product in more versatile ways.

 


 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: April 3, 2019

Oh say can you see…all the boots on the Hill! Legislation is the word this week as our state leaders are in Washington D.C. attending the NCBA Legislative Conference and meeting with Alabama delegation about important issues and topics in the cattle industry. But that’s not all that’s happening, so keep reading to learn more about what’s going on at the ACA this week.


 

Alabama Jr. and Sr. High School Beef Cook-Off

IT’S BEEF COOK-OFF WEEK! ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell is gearing up for almost 40 students from all over the state of Alabama to come and show off their best culinary skills. The cook-off will take place this Saturday morning at Carver High School in Montgomery. The students are asked to bring a cooked recipe with beef being the main ingredient to be evaluated by a panel of judges. While judging is taking place, the students will participate in learning activities with Chef Loren Lunde from Trenholm Community College and Alabama Beef Checkoff- contracted Registered Dietician Elesha Ergle. It’s going to be an exciting day full of delicious beef! Stay tuned for the winners.

 

 

Alabama BCIA Annual Meeting Success

We were thrilled this past weekend to host the Alabama Beef Cattle 39211654_275617986551544_6739440034073542656_oImprovement Association (AL-BCIA) Annual Meeting & Awards Program at our building in Downtown Montgomery! The large group gathered for a business meeting, awards ceremony, live auction to benefit the foundation and an interactive educational component with American Simmental Association Executive Vice President Dr. Wade Shafer.

 

We hope to have the opportunity to host this group again. Be on the lookout for information regarding award recipients!

 

 

Membership Update

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count o’ the day is 7,241 members and counting! County secretaries, be sure to be submitting that information to the i4a membership software or here to our state office! Be on the lookout for more renewals as dues statements will be sent to all non-renewed members next week.

 

 

Producer Communication E-Blast Sent

As written in the Alabama Beef Checkoff Marketing Plan with the goal of CATTLE CALL_PRODUCER COMM EBLAST HEADERkeeping cattle producers informed about the work of the association and the beef checkoff here in Alabama, we’ve issued the Cattle Call producer communication e-blast to over 10,000 inboxes this week. This piece featured a wrap-up of all that has gone on during Q1 of 2019- January, February and March. If you did not receive the Cattle Call in your email inbox, but would like to see it and receive it for future issues, please contact ACA Director of Social Media & Communications Kayla Greer on our staff at kgreer@bamabeef.org.

 

 

Boots on the Hill

ACA President Chris Langley, President-Elect Larry Reeves and Vice Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.18.49 PMPresident Clay Kennamer will join Erin Beasley at the NCBA Legislative Conference next week in Washington D.C. They will also be joined by Region 2 Policy VP Jimmy Holliman and Evelyn Greene, American National CattleWomen president-elect. Today is full of Hill visits with the Alabama delegation to discuss cattle industry issues!

 

 

Beef Promo Firing Up

The next couple of weeks are going to be filled with Beef 101 programs at the Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit and Meats Lab. Staffer Ali Cantrell will be hosting three pasture-to-plate programs on April 9, April 11 and April 15 with culinary students from Coastal State Community College, Bishop State Community College and Trenholm Community College. If you would like to come and participate in any of these Beef 101s please contact Ali Cantrell at acantrell@bamabeef.org or call our office at (334) 265-1867.

 

 

2019 SPRING YOUTH PRODUCTION FIELD DAY ANNOUNCED

We’re proud to announced that the Alabama Beef Checkoff will be hosting Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.08.20 PMits Spring Youth Production Field Day on Friday, April 26 at Perdido River Farms in Atmore! The event will be held this year on a weekday as voted on by the Junior Board as a way to be more inclusive to FFA groups and agriscience classes who have a hard time obtaining permission and/or logistics for weekend field trips.

Join us for a day of interactive, hands-on learning about timely topics including hay testing, soil sampling, figuring stocker capacity, annual cow checks, handling and administering vaccines and a farm tour of Perdido River Farms! Registration is now open online for this FREE event at www.BamaBeef.org/FieldDay.

 

 

Lowndes County Cattlemen Tour Golden State Foods

Unknown-1The Lowndes County Cattlemen’s Association took a unique trip at the end of last week to the Golden State Foods plant in Opelika to learn about how McDonald’s quarter pound beef patties are processed! This plant does an excellent job with tours and is an awesome way to learn about what happens to your beef when it leaves the farm. We appreciate Golden State Foods for being such gracious hosts and send kudos to Lowndes County for offering its members this educational opportunity!

 

 

BAMA’S BEST BEEF READY TO FIRE UP

Know of a beef dish that’s worth writing home about? WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT during this year’s Bama’s Best Beef contest. Kicking off with a nominations round on this upcoming Monday, April 8 on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page, we want to hear about your favorite unique beef dish served up at an Alabama restaurant or food truck. Get ready to submit those nominations beginning April 8!

 

 

CATTLEWOMEN’S 5K

BEEFit logoThe Alabama CattleWomen’s BEEFit 5k is April 13 in downtown Montgomery, and we’re excited to launch Team Bama Beef at this event. Team Bama Beef will be comprised ofbeef-loving fitness enthusiasts and will be supported by the beef checkoff. We’re looking for people who are committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle and who love eating beef! If you’re interested in being a part of Team Bama Beef, contact Ali Cantrell by phone or email to get some more information.

Registration for the event is now live on the CattleWomen’s website, http://alabamacattlewomen.com/beefit/.


 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: March 27, 2019

Springtime is in full bloom in Alabama! Cool mornings, warm afternoons and all that ever-lovin’ pollen…bad on the allergies, but oh so good on the spirits! With the spring returns some of the normalcy at the ACA office as we have convention, rodeo and county annual meetings in the rear view and look forward to summer events, beef promotion and all sorts of youth activities coming our way! Keep reading to learn more…


 

Green New Deal Fails on Senate Floor

Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.04.55 PMThe Green New Deal was put to a vote on the Senate floor yesterday and failed 0-57. Although 43 democrats voted “present,” three did vote no, including Alabama Sen. Doug Jones. The Green New Deal, a non-binding resolution, was proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and promises to eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions while remaking the U.S. economy. “The Green New Deal suggests we ditch air travel in favor of railroads, rebuild the nation’s buildings entirely, provide every person with a living family wage, socialized healthcare and more.” said Amanda Radke, a BEEF magazine contributor. The ACA will stay actively engaged in this topic as it is a direct threat to American agriculture and targets the beef cattle industry.

 

 

2019 Spring Youth Production Field Day Announced

We’re proud to announced that the Alabama Beef Checkoff will be hosting Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.08.20 PMits Spring Youth Production Field Day on Friday, April 26 at Perdido River Farms in Atmore! The event will be held this year on a weekday as voted on by the Junior Board as a way to be more inclusive to FFA groups and agriscience classes who have a hard time obtaining permission and/or logistics for weekend field trips.

Join us for a day of interactive, hands-on learning about timely topics including hay testing, soil sampling, figuring stocker capacity, annual cow checks, handling and administering vaccines and a farm tour of Perdido River Farms! Registration is now open online for this FREE event at www.BamaBeef.org/FieldDay.

 

 

ACF Scholarship Banquet Success

Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation logo_nobackgroundWe were thrilled by the events of Saturday evening’s first-ever Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Banquet held at the Wetumpka Civic Center here in central Alabama. Almost 50 of the 74 students awarded scholarships were in attendance with their families, and we were honored to also have with us the families of each of the endowed scholarships. Also in attendance were Commissioner Rick Pate, Auburn Agriculture Dean Dr. Paul Patterson and Auburn Department of Animal Sciences Head Dr. Wayne Greene, all of whom helped present the tag scholarships! More detailed coverage of the event will be in the May issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine, so keep an eye out for your favorite scholar! Also, early this week, individualized press releases were sent to each recipient’s hometown, so be watching your local papers for those shining faces. Congrats to all!

 

 

Ag in the Classroom

On Wednesday, ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell met with ALFA to gear up for Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute 2019. This program is a workshop for full-time teachers, Alabama Cooperative Extension system agents and coordinators to help incorporate integrated agricultural activities in the classroom. Most activities will be geared toward grades K-6. The Summer Institute will be hosted in Florence, AL on May 29-31 and will include field trips to farms in the area to develop a better understanding of the everyday farm.

 

Headed to The Hill

ACA President Chris Langley, President-Elect Larry Reeves and Vice Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.18.49 PMPresident Clay Kennamer will join Erin Beasley at the NCBA Legislative Conference next week in Washington D.C. They will also be joined by Region 2 Policy VP Jimmy Holliman and Evelyn Greene, American National CattleWomen president-elect. Wednesday will be full of Hill visits with the Alabama delegation to discuss cattle industry issues.

 

 

Cattle By-Products Talk

On Friday, staffer Ali Cantrell will be traveling to Goodwin High School in Montgomery to give a presentation about the different by-products that come from cattle. She will give an overview of the history of beef cattle in Alabama and talk about the everyday utilization of beef outside of just on the plate!

 

 

Bama’s Best Beef Getting Ready to Fire Up

Know of a beef dish that’s worth writing home about? Is it “slap ya mama” good? WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT during this year’s Bama’s Best Beef contest. Kicking off with a nominations round on April 8 on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page, we want to hear about your favorite unique beef dish served up at an Alabama restaurant or food truck. Get ready to submit those nominations beginning April 8!

 

 

CATTLEWOMEN’S 5K

BEEFit logoThe Alabama CattleWomen’s BEEFit 5k is April 13 in downtown Montgomery, and we’re excited to launch Team Bama Beef at this event. Team Bama Beef will be comprised ofbeef-loving fitness enthusiasts and will be supported by the beef checkoff. We’re looking for people who are committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle and who love eating beef! If you’re interested in being a part of Team Bama Beef, contact Ali Cantrell by phone or email to get some more information.

Registration for the event is now live on the CattleWomen’s website, http://alabamacattlewomen.com/beefit/.


 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: March 20, 2019

Happy Spring! In true springtime fashion, we were greeted by cool temps, sunshine and chirping birds this morning, and as the day goes on…things are starting to warm up. Textbook springtime behavior, and we are so grateful for it as it means green grass and the end of feeding season is near!  We are also grateful for a full calendar ahead as it means staff gets to get out and about to see you guys. Keep reading to learn more about what’s going on this week at the ACA.


 

ALABAMA CATTLEMEN’S FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET

Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation logo_nobackgroundYou may have noticed something different at the annual Awards Banquet if you joined us in Birmingham for the 76th ACA Convention & Trade Show. The room wasn’t quite as full, and the program was a bit shorter, and that’s because the annual Foundation Scholarship portion of the evening has been moved to its own, private event! That’s right, we now are able to give these stellar recipients a special evening where they and the endowment families get to shine! So with that said, this Saturday the Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation will award $64,000 in scholarships to 74 deserving students at the 2019 ACA Scholarship Banquet. The banquet will be at the Wetumpka Civic Center at 5:30PM. Coverage of the banquet will be in the May magazine, so be on the lookout for your favorite scholar!

 

 

Nebraska Disaster Relief

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The bomb cyclone that hit America’s heartland is still causing problems long after it’s gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the cattlemen of Nebraska and the Dakotas that fought monumental snowfall and now, torrential flooding. If you want to help, disaster relief funds have been established and supplies are being requested.

Supplies Needed

  • Hay
  • Feed stuffs
  • fencing material
  • volunteer help
  • equipment
  • other

Contact Nebraska Dept of Ag for assistance 1-800-831-0550 or visit nda.nebraska.gov/resources/

 

Disaster Relief Funds (Information below provided by Drovers)

The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund is organized in the State of Nebraska as a not-for-profit corporation and will be seeking to qualify as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable org under which all donations made to the Fund would be tax deductible for the donor in accordance with applicable federal tax laws. All of the proceeds will go to cattlemen and women of Nebraska who are dealing with the devastation of the flooding.

To donate write a check to Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to:
Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund
4611 Cattle Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521

NDA’s Hay and Forage Hotline, 402-471-4876, connects buyers with sellers of hay, pasture and other types of forage. This hotline service is available at no cost to buyers and sellers.

 

 

SLE Rodeo & JBE Wrap-Up

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Photo: ALFA Farmers

We enjoyed an awesome week at the SLE Rodeo and Junior Beef Expo! We want to start by saying congratulations to Harmon Butler of Dale County who exhibited the Supreme grand Champion Market Steer and Ashlyn Ruf of. Limestone County who took the grand prize in the heifer show. We’d also like to acknowledge the more than 130 youth who received scholarships from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Pictures from the scholarship luncheon are available by clicking here and Junior Beef Expo photos, provided by the Alabama Farmers Federation, are available at the links below. Congrats to all on an outstanding weekend of exhibiting, performing and enjoying the western culture of rodeo!

Heifer Show: Click Here 
Market Show: Click Here
Showmanship: Click Here

 

 

CATTLEWOMEN’S 5K

The Alabama CattleWomen’s BeeFit 5k is April 13 in downtown Montgomery, and we’re excited to launch Team Bama Beef at this event. Team Bama Beef will be comprised of beef-loving fitness enthusiasts and will be supported by the beef checkoff. We’re looking for people who are committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle and who love eating beef! If you’re interested in being a part of Team Bama Beef, contact Ali Cantrell by phone or email to get some more information.

Registration for the event is now live on the CattleWomen’s website, http://alabamacattlewomen.com/beefit/.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The membership count of the day is 6,639 members of the ACA…and ACA logo- meme size copy
counting as Membership and Producer Contact Coordinator Jessica Kennedy and our county leaders are steady inserting renewals and new members or NEED to be! Jessica is working to get all membership up-to-date so she can then begin sending out membership statements to all non-renewed members in April as well as county liability insurance information. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

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Celebrating Nutrition with Trendy Beef Cuts

BY Elesha Eagle, RDN

 

Welcome, sweet springtime! 🌿🌼 We are seeing new calves, green grass popping up, and flowers starting to emerge.  March is National Nutrition Month, so let’s spring in to March by focusing on the awesome nutrition found in some of our favorite beef cuts.

 

 

Stewing Up Nutrition

Even though the cold weather is (hopefully) starting to leave us, you can utilize stew meat to keep making stews even through the spring.  Stew meat packs the beefy protein punch of 25 grams per serving and will beef up any of your favorite stew recipes.  I found this recipe for Instant Pot Tex-Mex Beef Stew that is full of flavor and great for those cool spring evenings.

 

 

Flanks for the Memories

Flank steaks are often over looked at the meat case, but this lean steak can be the centerpiece of your family dinner.  Packing 23 grams of protein with only 160 calories, use flanks steaks for fajitas and fill up your table with toppings and condiments.  Make memories around your dinner table by letting the kids prepare their own fajitas and having a happy, peaceful mealtime sponsored by lean beef.

 

 

Get Shorty

Short ribs are full of flavor and fall-off-the-bone tender when slow cooked or braised.  With flu season continuing to linger here in the south, keep your immune system going with this delicious cut of beef.  Short ribs contain 70% of your DV for immune-boosting zinc and are packed with beef’s awesome protein of 24 grams per serving…you are going to want to serve these all year long.  Never tried short ribs? Try this recipe for Braised Short Ribs from Taste of Home.

 

 

A Brisket-a-Tasket…

A Brisket is fantastic. Brisket Half Flat is a lean cut of beef from the animal’s breast and is loaded with beef’s awesome protein of 28 grams per serving with only 170 calories.  This super lean cut is great for braising, roasting, slow-cooking or pressure cooking. I don’t know about you, but I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all month long using brisket for this recipe for Homestyle Corned Beef with Dilled Cabbage.

 

Be sure to check out Beef It’s What’s For Dinner for more recipes, tips, nutrition information, and to learn more about beef from pasture to plate. For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the website for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Happy National Nutrition Month and celebrate good health with beef!

 

 

State Checkoff color_nobackgroundThis article was funded by the Alabama Beef Checkoff Progam. Paid for by Alabama beef farmers and ranchers. 

What’s Going On Wednesday: March 13, 2019

Hot, to cold, rain to dry…one thing is for sure, the only thing about the weather that’s consistent is the pollen count. But hey, pollen means spring. Spring means calving and green grass, and green grass means a muddy winter of feeding is almost behind us! Hang in there, cattlemen. Brighter, hotter days are surely ahead!

While we wait for them, though, let’s get an update from the state Cattlemen’s Association this week. It’s rodeo time, and we’re gearing up for a big weekend at the Garrett Coliseum. Buckin’ broncos, barrels, show calves and scholarships, we’re looking at a jam-packed weekend with the SLE Rodeo and Junior Beef Expo ahead. Keep reading to learn more about what’s happening this week in Montgomery!


 

Special Session Comes to a Close

The special session ended yesterday afternoon after the Senate passed theGas-Tax_0 Gas Tax (28 yes to 6 no) with no amendments to the House version. Gov. Ivey signed the bill into law a few hours later and ended a week and half of buzz around town. Legislators will come back for their second day of the regular session next Tuesday, March 19 to resume work on the rest of the issues in front of them.

 

 

Saddle Up!

It’s here! Rodeo week is upon us, and we’re excited for the round-up of sle-logoevents ahead. As you read this, the barns at Garrett Coliseum are filling up with superior show stock as junior cattlemen, 4-H and FFA students from across Alabama are gearing up for a weekend of exhibition in the Junior Beef Expo. We’d like to wish all those young people good luck and a safe, successful weekend!

 

Back in the Coliseum, we’re excited to be a sponsor of the 62nd annual show! There’s bucking broncos, barrel riding, bull fighting and trick riding to be seen, and you don’t want to miss it! Kicking off the fun is a parade through Downtown Montgomery on Thursday followed by a 7 p.m. show where kids 12u enter FREE! On Friday night, we invite everyone out but especially retired and active military and first responders as we’re offering a BOGO deal on tickets. Don’t forget you’re I.D.! Then on Saturday, at 2 p.m., we’ll bring all the rodeo action at the matinee performance followed with MORE fun that night a 7 p.m. You’re not going to want to miss Roman Rider Dusti Crane Dickerson, Rodeo Clown and Professional Barrelman Rockin’ Robbie Hodges, the elite stock of Frontier Rodeo Company and all those cowboys looking to make it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

 

To purchase tickets, call 888-2RODEO2, visit SLERodeo.com, stop by the ACA or visit the Garrett Coliseum Box Office.

 

And don’t forget to bring your youngins to the stick horse rodeo each night at 5:30 p.m. and the Western Festival on Saturday from 10-noon. Both events are FREE and open to the public!

 

 

High School Beef Cook-off

This week is the last week to get registered for the Alabama Jr. & Sr. High School Beef Cook-off happening April 6 in Montgomery. If your county hosted a beef cook off this year, please be sure your winners get registered by THIS Friday, March 15! They can do so online at www.BamaBeef.org./Cookoff.

 

 

Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Banquet

Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation logo_nobackgroundYou may have noticed something different at the annual Awards Banquet if you joined us in Birmingham for the 76th ACA Convention & Trade Show. The room wasn’t quite as full, and the program was a bit shorter, and that’s because the annual Foundation Scholarship portion of the evening has been moved to its own, private event! That’s right, we now are able to give these stellar recipients a special evening where they and the endowment families get to shine! So with that said, next Saturday the Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation will award $64,000 in scholarships to 74 deserving students at the 2019 ACA Scholarship Banquet. The banquet will be at the Wetumpka Civic Center at 5:30PM. Coverage of the banquet will be in the May magazine, so be on the lookout for your favorite scholar!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The membership count of the day is 6,514 members of the ACA…and ACA logo- meme size copy
counting as Membership and Producer Contact Coordinator Jessica Kennedy and our county leaders are steady inserting renewals and new members or NEED to be! Jessica is working to get all membership up-to-date so she can then begin sending out membership statements to all non-renewed members in April as well as county liability insurance information. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

CattleWomen’s 5K

The Alabama CattleWomen’s BeeFit 5k is April 13 in downtown Montgomery, and we’re excited to launch Alabama’s Team Beef at this event. If you are an avid runner and are interested in being a part of Team Beef, please contact Ali Cantrell at our office, and she will get you registered for the 5k and provide you with Team Beef apparel.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES: 2019 AJCA ROUND-UP

AJCA RoundUp LogoDeck the barns with boughs of shavings fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. This year at the 13th annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up, we’re bringing the heat to Christmas in July! We’ll return to the Teague for three jammed-packed days on July 18-21 as we take on the show ring and all our many other career development and beef educational contests! Save the dates for the most wonderful (and hot!) time of year- July 18-21 at the Garrett Coliseum Livestock Barns in Montgomery.

 

 


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What’s Going On Wednesday: March 6, 2019

Rain, wind and arctic air have struck our home state. On such a bright and beautiful day, it’s hard to think of the devastation our friends and neighbors in east Alabama have suffered. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost everything, including ones they love most. Our hearts are broken for the Beauregard community, and we will work with cattle producers affected by tornado or flood damages through our Foundation.

Beyond such a somber note, it is a busy week in downtown Montgomery as the legislative session has kicked off, and we look forward to the SLE Rodeo, our scholarship banquet and those awesome beef promo events that come in the springtime months! There’s lots going on, so saddle up and keep reading to get your weekly Cattlemen’s update.


 

Infrastructure’s the Word

53274062-alabama-state-capitol-buildingThe legislative session kicked off this week in Montgomery, and the fireworks have already started following the rollout of Gov. Ivey’s infrastructure plan. The Senate and House gaveled on long enough on Tuesday to take a recess in preparation for Gov. Ivey’s State of the State address. As anticipated, a special session was requested by the governor and acted on by the legislature late last night. With that said, today begins the special session focused on the gas tax, and the regular session is adjourned until March 19.  Stay tuned for updates about the special session!

 

 

House Rural Caucus Dinner

This evening, the ACA, ALFA, the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Rural Electric Association will host the Rural Caucus for the House of Representatives at the Cattlemen’s building. Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth, Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Pate and ACA President Chris Langley will be special guests along with caucus members. Mr. Kenneth Boswell will be the featured speaker to discuss the importance of the upcoming census with the group. This has become an annual event for the association that takes place the first Wednesday night of the session and gives the ag groups a platform to discuss rural issues at hand. The rural caucus chairman is Rep. David Standridge from Blount County.

 

 

ProStart Invitational Cook-Off

53429968_1537685253034139_326181845345501184_nACA Director of Education and Outreach Ali Cantrell had an early start to her Monday as she headed north to Huntsville for the Alabama ProStart Invitational Cook-Off. At the event, Ali set up a Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner booth where the high school culinary participants could learn more about beef and create their own spice rub to take home! She also mingled with FACS teachers in preparation for our upcoming Alabama Jr. and Sr. High School Beef Cook-Off and presented an award for the best beef dish of the day which went to the Shelby County Career  Technical Education Center. Congrats!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The membership count of the day is 6,162 members of the ACA…and ACA logo- meme size copy
counting as Membership and Producer Contact Coordinator Jessica Kennedy and our county leaders are steady inserting renewals and new members or NEED to be! Firm membership deadlines are as follows and must be delivered (not postmarked) by the dates below:

  • Early Bird Drawing: March 31
  • “Over the Top” Red Coat: June 15
  • Top Hand Recruiting Club: Dec 31

Don’t forget our newest member benefit. Thanks to our friends at Conestoga Steak House in Dothan, members can now get $2 off their meal (excluding alcoholic beverages)!

 

 

SAVE THE DATES: 2019 AJCA ROUND-UP

AJCA RoundUp LogoDeck the barns with boughs of shavings fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. This year at the 13th annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up, we’re bringing the heat to Christmas in July! We’ll return to the Teague for three jammed-packed days on July 18-21 as we take on the show ring and all our many other career development and beef educational contests! Save the dates for the most wonderful (and hot!) time of year- July 18-21 at the Garrett Coliseum Livestock Barns in Montgomery.

 

 

Alabama Dieticians Association Meeting

Ali Cantrell is looking forward to attending the Alabama Dieticians Association Meeting in Montgomery this week to talk with registered dietitians about beef in a healthy lifestyle. NCBA and ACA will also be sponsoring the guest speaker, registered dietician, Judy Barbe, on that Thursday to talk about confident cooking techniques!

 

 

SLE RODEO- COMING TO TOWN!

The 62nd annual SLE Rodeo will come bucking back to town March 14-16 sle-logo(NEXT WEEKEND) for the best show on dirt east of the Mississippi! Ticket sales are now available, so give Kara Coplin a call at 888-2RODEO2. To learn more about this year’s SLE Rodeo & Livestock Week, visit www.SLERodeo.com.

 

*NOTICE* Cowgirls, take note of the new “Clear Bag Policy” at the Garrett Coliseum. Regular purses are no longer allowed for security reasons, so grab those clear stadium bags before heading to this year’s show!


 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: February 27, 2018

The waters are rising, the trees are blooming and the grass is turning greener and greener across Alabama. Yep, springtime is coming in hot! Calves are hitting the ground, the hay barn is getting low and cattlemen— while bogged down in knee-deep mud— are soon to catch a break from the rigorous feeding schedule that comes with wintertime.

Things are firing up here, as well, as we are on the downslope of county annual meeting season and, of course, the convention. But if what they say is true, “What goes up must come down,” in the association world, the opposite rings true. What goes down WILL go back up! Looking toward the spring months, we’ve got our eyes on beef promotion, the legislative session and many meetings and events to attend. Stay tuned and keep reading to learn more about what’s on the Cattlemen radar this week! 


 

Convention Wrap-Up

Convention_Logo-01Over 400 Alabama Cattlemen “beef’d up the ‘ham” with us at the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and WHEW, what an event! Would would like to thank all in attendance, our vendors and all the many wonderful sponsors who helped make this year’s event a roaring success! We would also like to give a shoutout to our new state officer team consisting of Chris Langley, president, Chambers County; Larry Reeves, president-elect, Coffee County; Clay Kennamer, vice president, Jackson County, and LD Fitzpatrick, treasurer, Lowndes County. Also joining the state leader team are four new regional vice presidents including Donald Means (Greene County), Randy Slay (Fayette County), Jim Miller (Jefferson County) and Johnny Gibson (Choctaw County). We also tip our hat to newly-installed Honorary Lifetime Director Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, outgoing RVPs Jay Buckley, Eugene Fernandes and Dr. Mike Wells. Our biggest applause, however, goes to Mr. Jack Batts for his year of outstanding leadership and devotion to our association!

 

Until next year, save the dates for the 77th annual Convention & Trade Show happening in Montgomery February 14-15. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love than at the Bama Beef Meet?!

 

 

Torrential Rainfall Hits North Alabama

We received the updated rainfall totals on Monday following several days Unknown-2of heavy rainfall and know our northern-most counties experienced many consequences of this weather event. Please let us know if your county is in need of any assistance or if you have heard of any cattlemen in great need. Our friends at the Alabama Department of Ag reminded us that producers can visit their local USDA-FSA office about the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) for cattle mortality compensation and the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) for compensation on clean up once flood waters recede.

 

 

Gearing Up for our Watchdog Role

state-of-alabama-capitol-building_1000_668_imagesjais-wm.png_100_50_25_r_b_-15_-14Yesterday ACA Executive VP Erin Beasley attended a legislative seminar at the Capitol to preview the session which starts next week. Several speakers including Gov. Kay Ivey, leaders of the Senate and House, state superintendent and financial leaders were in attendance to address the pressing issues for the state. Next week the Ag Coalition will begin meeting each Tuesday at the Cattlemen’s building to discuss the interworkings of the session. The coalition is comprised of the Department of Ag & Industries, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Poultry and Egg, Alabama Forestry Association and Alabama Agribusiness Council. Stay tuned as we welcome the start of the session!

 

 

FACS & Dietitians Conference Comes to the Capital

This Thursday, ACA Director of Education and Outreach Ali Cantrell will also be attending and setting up a  spice rub booth at the 2019 Annual Conference of Alabama Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Montgomery. She will have brochures to share with FACS teachers about beef’s contribution to heart health, along with the new beef checkoff sponsored publication, Strength: The Field Manual.

 

Next week, Ali will also be attending the Alabama Dieticians Association Meeting in town to talk with registered dietitians about beef in a healthy lifestyle. NCBA and ACA will also be sponsoring the guest speaker, registered dietician, Judy Barbe, on that Thursday to talk about confident cooking techniques!

 

 

Membership Report

The membership count of the day is 6,005 members of the ACA…and ACA logo- meme size copy
counting as Membership and producer Contact Coordinator Jessica Kennedy and our county leaders are steady inserting renewals and new members or NEED to be! With that, we are at 59% of last year’s total with three-year members accounting for 33% of the membership. Firm membership deadlines are as follows and must be delivered (not postmarked) by the dates below:

  • Early Bird Drawing: March 31
  • “Over the Top” Red Coat: June 15
  • Top Hand Recruiting Club: Dec 31

We’re also proud to announce a new membership benefit. Thanks to our friends at Conestoga Steak House in Dothan, members can now get $2 off their meal (excluding alcoholic beverages)!

 

 

Beef Promo Firing Up

ACA’s Ali Cantrell  is preparing for several events coming up in the next couple of months to highlight beef as part of a healthy lifestyle. One big event to watch out for will be the Alabama Jr. & Sr. Beef Cook-off on April 6! County leaders, make sure that the winners from your county beef cook-off are registered to compete by March 15 through our website at www.BamaBeef.org/Cookoff.

 

 

ProStart Invitational Presentation

Speaking of cook-offs, Ali will also be presenting an award for the “Best Beef Entrée” at the Alabama ProStart Invitational in Huntsville on Monday. The ACA will be sponsoring this cook-off and will award $100 and a brand new beef cut chart to the classroom of the student with the best beef dish. We’re excited to be a part of this event!

 

 

Save the Dates: 2019 AJCA Round-Up

AJCA RoundUp LogoDeck the barns with boughs of shavings fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Yep that’s right! This year at the 13th annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up, we’re bringing the heat to Christmas in July! We’ll return to the Teague for three jammed-packed days on July 18-21 as we take on the show ring and all our many other career development and beef educational contests! Save the dates for the most wonderful (and hot!) time of year- July 18-21 at the Garrett Coliseum Livestock Barns in Montgomery.

 

 

SLE RODEO- COMING TO TOWN!

The 62nd annual SLE Rodeo will come bucking back to town March 14-16 sle-logofor the best show on dirt east of the Mississippi! Ticket sales are now available, so give Kara Coplin a call at 888-2RODEO2. To learn more about this year’s SLE Rodeo & Livestock Week, visit www.SLERodeo.com.

 

*NOTICE* Cowgirls, take note of the new “Clear Bag Policy” at the Garrett Coliseum. Regular purses are no longer allowed for security reasons, so grab those clear stadium bags before heading to this year’s show!


 

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Beef for Heart Health Month

By Elesha Eagle, RDN

 

Beef, beef, good for your heart…the more you eat it, the more you…ok, that’s not how that goes, but the fact is, beef really IS good for your heart!  In 2012, the checkoff-funded Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet Study (BOLD) was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The study found that participants consuming lean beef daily as a part of their heart-healthy diet experienced a 10% decline in LDL (bad) cholesterol.  So let’s get going with some heart healthy recipes that are great all year long, not just during American Heart Month!

 

The term “lean beef” means that a 3-ounce cooked portion provides less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 mg of cholesterol.  Look for cuts of beef with the term “round” or “loin” as an indication that the cut of beef is considered lean.  Lean ground beef can be purchased that is 95% lean and 5% fat, and is a tasty and healthy option for all your favorite recipes that call for ground beef.

 

I Heart You

Show your Valentine how much you care by preparing them a tasty, beefy, heart-healthy meal.  Grill up some delicious sirloins such as these Balsamic Marinated Beef Top Sirloin Steaks with Asparagus. If you already have your main dish in mind, spice it up with some Spicy Korean Beef and Cucumber Appetizers.  This recipe is certified by the American Heart Association as a heart healthy recipe.

 

Every Day Lean

Most days are busy and we all need some healthy go-to recipes that will satisfy everyone in the household. Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner has an entire page of American Heart Association-approved recipes that are sure to please any tastes.  These Beefy Sweet and Sloppy Joes are sure to be a new favorite to add to your list, and you will feel good about giving it to your whole family.  Chili is another good option to satisfy everyone in the family and this Beef Chili Recipe will make your evenings healthy and easy.

 

Be sure to check out Beef It’s What’s for Dinner for more recipes, tips, and to learn more about beef from pasture to plate. For more information on heart health and American Heart Month, visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month!

What’s Going On Wednesday- February 6, 2019

Hmmm…what’s going on around the ACA? Oh, not much.

WRONG! We’re in high gear this week in downtown Montgomery as we prepare to head to the ‘Ham for the 76th annual ACA Convention & Trade Show next Friday and Saturday. All our work these days seems to revolve around the show, but there’s a lot of other happenings going around here at the ACA. Keep reading to learn more!


 

76TH ANNUAL ACA CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW

Convention_Logo-01We’re beefin’ up the ‘Ham…Birmingham, that is! Join us at the 2019 ACA Convention & Trade Show at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) February 15-16, 2019. There are endless activities, learning opportunities and networking experiences awaiting your registration including dynamic and educational Cattlemen’s Colleges, a trade show with the industry’s elite equipment, tool and nutritional names, a menu of delicious beef meals and fun for the whole family at Friday evening’s Boots & BBQ event and Saturday’s Awards Banquet! If you missed online registration and plan to register on-sight the day of the event, please note that meal tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure meal tickets ahead of time, you have until THIS THURSDAY to call our office at (334) 265-1867 and speak to Jessica Kennedy. 

 

We look forward to the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and you should too! Keep reading to learn more about events for the younger buckaroos.

 

 

Junior Cattlemen Events at #BamaBeefMeet

The AJCA will be hosting a mini cattlemen’s college for youth attending convention this year. This fun and educating session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 16. Bring your junior cattlemen to the BJCC so they can enjoy fun leadership activities, a scavenger hunt in the trade show, a calving demonstration led by Dr. Soren Rodning and round of beef trivia. Our Director of Education and Outreach Ali Cantrell and ACA Intern Stephanie Fuller will be hosting this event and look forward to having as many youth in attendance as possible. Please have your kids meet in front of the Registration desk at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to join in on the fun!

 

 

2019 Alabama BEEF PAC Auction

Beef Pac Logo envelopeThis year’s auction is shaping up to be the best yet! With tons of unique, handcrafted or collectors items, you’ll want to bring your wallet this year. Remember, all contributions benefit the Alabama BEEF Political Action Committee. Check out this list of items!

  • Truck and Trailer Kids Toy donated by Happy Toy Company (valued at $500)
  • One Full Registration to 2020 NCBA Annual Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, TX donated by NCBA (value $800)
  • Bull credit donated by CK Cattle (value $500)
  • One pair of Stetson boots (your choice based on availability) donated by Stetson Boots (value $400)
  • Firepit built by Limestone Co. FFA and donated by ACA (value $300)
  • Cattle Ranching-Themed Chest of Drawers made and donated by the Lauderdale County Alabama Junior Cattlemen
  • Heifer credit donated by Collins Farm (value $500)
  • Custom-made western spurs by Tommy Sprayberry donated by Cantrell Cattle Co. (value $800)
  • Winchester Buffalo Bill Commemorative Rifle donated by Alabama Ag Credit ($1500)
  • 2-night stay at the Lodge at Gulf Shores donated by The Lodge (value $500)
  • Bull credit donated by Lake Majestic Farms (value $500)
  • July Cover of the Alabama Cattleman magazine (value $1000)
  • Handmade Signature PRAY Pottery Hush Puppy Batter Bowl donated by Andrew and Melissa Hale (value $65)
  • Handmade Signature PRAY Pottery Red & Turquoise Bowl donated by Andrew and Melissa Hale (value $65)
  • $500 bull credit Meadows Creek Farm
  • Gobbler Hunt in Levy County, Florida donated by Alabama Beef PAC (Minimum Bid- $4,000)

 

 

Congrats, Clay County!

The 2018 Clay County Cattlemen’s Association Rodeo recently earned kudos from the Frontier Classic Rodeo Company, the event’s stock contractor. The 2018 show earned the title of “Best New Rodeo of the Year” at the Southeastern Professional Rodeo Association Finals this weekend in Philadelphia, MS. Clay County President and Regional Vice President Jim Jordan was present in his red coat to accept the award on the chapter’s behalf. Congratulations on this award and an outstanding event!

 

 

Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Class VI

We are proud that at our upcoming convention, we will graduate over 20 young-cattlemen-logo_websizedyoung leaders from the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Class V. With their graduation comes a new season for the program beginning in May- Class VI. Applications for YCLP Class VI will be accepted until February 28, 2019. If you are or know a young person eager to expand their knowledge and networking in Alabama’s beef cattle industry, please submit a nomination to Ali Cantrell by email or mail. Applications are available online, just click here!

 

 

2019 ACF Scholarship Banquet

Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation logo_nobackgroundNew this year- the annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship banquet will not be held in conjunction with the ACA Convention & Trade Show Awards Banquet. Insead, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation looks forward to awarding over $70,000 in scholarships on Saturday, March 23 at the 2019 Scholarship Banquet held at the Wetumpka Civic Center located in Central Alabama’s River Region. Scholarship recipients should RSVP to Jessica Kennedy.

 

 

COUNTY ANNUAL MEETING SEASON

We’ve enjoyed seeing the highlightACA logo- meme size copy love to see the hard work of counties executed in their annual meeting. We look forward to more still to come, which can be found on the Bama Beef Events Calendar. As a reminder, leading up to your county’s annual meeting, please contact Jessica Kennedy in our office to infor her of the date, time and location and to request a speaker! Remember, the earlier you get those dates to us, the earlier we can get them on our website and in the magazine!! Following the meeting, send Jessica any officer updates in order to update our system with corrected contact information for 2019. RVPs, we encourage you to reach out to your counties to let them know you plan to attend their meetings! That way, they can account for your meal.

 

We encourage county secretaries to tackle the i4a membership software to input new and renewed members for your meetings! Refresher videos on how to use the software are available! Just contact Jessica. As you’re collecting membership information to put into the system at your meetings, remember how important phone numbers and email addresses are! It is essential to county leaders and to us here at the state to be able to contact our members when needed. It helps everyone in the long run.

 

A few other membership reminders to note:

  • The three-year member dues have changed to $120 with $82 coming back to the state office.
  • Early Bird drawing deadline is March 31.
  • Other membership deadlines will be announced at the Convention board meeting with a follow-up email from Jessica with details highlighted.

 

 

SLE RODEO- COMING TO TOWN!

The 62nd annual SLE Rodeo will come bucking back to town March 14-16 sle-logofor the best show on dirt east of the Mississippi! Ticket sales are now available, so give Kara Coplin a call at 888-2RODEO2. To learn more about this year’s SLE Rodeo & Livestock Week, visit www.SLERodeo.com.

 

*NOTICE* Cowgirls, take note of the new “Clear Bag Policy” at the Garrett Coliseum. Regular purses are no longer allowed for security reasons, so grab those clear stadium bags before heading to this year’s show!


 

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