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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What’s Going On Wednesday: January 30, 2019

Oh, there’s not much happening in the cattle industry this week…NOT!

It’s the biggest week of the year for the American beef cattle industry! It’s Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show week, and this year its foothold is in the Southeast…in New Orleans! That’s the big word this week, but keep reading to catch a few important notes about what’s going on- especially when it comes to our upcoming state convention. Check it out!


 

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! Be sure to register now to secure your meal ticket.

 

We look forward to the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and you should too! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention AND CLOSES ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 AT NOON. Visit the site or call Jessica today at (334) 265-1867 to register today.  Mail-in forms are also available in your recent issue of the Alabama Cattleman or on the site listed above. Once registration closes, walk-in registration is welcomed with remaining meal tickets available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

HOTEL ROOMS ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT! Get em’ while the gettin’ is good. Learn more about booking your room here.

 

*Note to vendors: Ali Cantrell is now your trade show contact! Email Ali

 

 

CATTLE Industry CONVENTION & NCBA TRADE SHOW

nola_hero-logoStaffers Erin Beasley, Ali Cantrell, Stephanie Fuller and the state officers are in New Orleans this week for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. For those coming for the day or to register on site be sure to use the ACA Member Discount Code ACACATTLECON. Also drop by our booth in the trade show (#2602) for a visit, chair and some ACA swag!

 

 

COUNTY ANNUAL MEETING Season

We’ve enjoyed seeing the highlights from all the county meetings andACA logo- meme size copyloveto see the hard work of counties executed in their annual meeting. We look forward to many 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.

 

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. Also, as a reminder, the three-year member dues have changed to $120 with $82 coming back to the state office.

 

 

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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What’s Going On Wednesday: January 23, 2019

What a rainy day. As if we needed MORE rain this winter, right? However, while we all may be thinking that, the whoas from the drought still ring near reminding us to be grateful for any and all rainfall.

To take your mind off all the wet, mud and gloom, we invite you to take a moment to catch up with all things Alabama Cattlemen. Keep reading to catch up with all that’s happening in Montgomery this week!


 

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! Be sure to register now to secure your meal ticket.

 

We look forward to the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and you should too! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention or call Jessica today at (334) 265-1867.  Mail-in forms are also available in your recent issue of the Alabama Cattleman or on the site listed above.

 

HOTEL ROOMS ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT! Be sure to get your room booked today and take advantage of our block pricing by mentioning “Alabama Cattlemen” when you call to book, or to book online, click here.

 

*Note to vendors: Ali Cantrell is now your trade show contact! Email Ali

 

 

NCBA Cattle Convention & Industry Trade Show

nola_hero-logoStaffers Erin Beasley, Ali Cantrell, Stephanie Fuller and the state officers are headed to New Orleans next week for the NCBA Annual Convention and Trade Show. For those coming for the day or to register on site be sure to use the ACA Member Discount Code ACACATTLECON. Also drop by our booth in the trade show which is #2602 for a visit, chair and some ACA swag!

 

 

Beef T-Shirts- RESTOCKED!

TSHIRT REDThose beloved Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner T-shirts sold in The MOOseum gift shop and the online store are officially restocked! If you’re in the market for a new favorite shirt, we’ve got what you need now available in all sizes. Check it out— as well as our huge hat and trinket selection— now at www.BamaBeef.org/Store.

 

 

COUNTY ANNUAL MEETINGS GOING STRONG

We’ve enjoyed seeing the highlights from all the county meetings andACA logo- meme size copyloveto see the hard work of counties executed in their annual meeting. We look forward to many 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.

 

ACA officers and staff are traveling across Alabama to attend meetings and are looking forward to visiting with YOU! This week, staffer Ali Cantrell will be attending the Shelby and Washington County Cattlemen’s Annual Meetings while others attend the Lee, Monroe, Lamar, Colbert, Jackson and Tuscaloosa County meetings.

 

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. Also, as a reminder, the three-year member dues have changed to $120 with $82 coming back to the state office.

 

 

The Word from Washington

There are two bills coming on the Senate floor this week. One is a bill governmentshutdown-e1516217487920sponsored by Sen. Shelby and supported by the president providing funding for the border wall in exchange for temporary protections for immigrants brought here as children. The second will be a bill approved by the Democratic-controlled House reopening government through Feb. 8— with no wall money— to give bargainers time to talk. The big question is can either get the 60 votes needed to pass? Most are saying no unless something big changes. With that said, there are middle-road Democrats in the House who have written a letter to Speaker Pelosi suggesting the House go on and negotiate with the president. We will keep you posted but things are heating up quickly as another paycheck is missed due to the partial shutdown!

 

 

PRIVATE TREATY SALES

Don’t forget! Private treaty sales still fall under the checkoff provision and require that cattlemen submit their checkoff remittance. Forgot all about that? Don’t worry…you’ve still got time to submit your 2018 private treaty sales, and we even made it easy for you to submit online at BamaBeef.org/PrivateTreaty. In just a few simple clicks and keystrokes, you can get square with your checkoff remittance and enjoy the benefits of your beef checkoff!

 

 

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.


 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: January 16, 2019

Happy Inauguration Week!

The theme in downtown Montgomery has been shades of red, white and blue and the hint of new leadership in the air. We are thrilled to welcome (or welcome back!) to office new leaders of our state and especially extend our congrats to Gov. Kay Ivey, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, Treasurer John McMillan and Commissioner of Ag Rick Pate, among a host of newly-elected senators and representatives. It’s an exciting time for our home state, as it is for the cattle industry! We’ve got a lot upcoming, so keep reading to learn what’s happening with your state Cattlemen’s Association.


 

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!

 

We look forward to the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and you should too! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention or call Jessica today at (334) 265-1867.  EARLY BIRD PRICING EXPIRES TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT…DON’T WAIT! Mail-in forms are also available in your recent issue of the Alabama Cattleman or on the site listed above.

 

*Note to vendors: Ali Cantrell is now your trade show contact! Email Ali

 

 

YCLP Meet for final session before graduation

YCLP Class V students will have their legislative learning session in the young-cattlemen-logo_websizedCapital City this Saturday. They will be meeting with ACA Exec and Registered Lobbyist Erin Beasley and YCLP alumni to discuss issues facing the ag industry as well as how they can take their experience from YCLP to help their own county Cattlemen’s chapter. This session will wrap up Class V’s year before graduation at our Awards Banquet at the ACA Convention in Birmingham.

COUNTY ANNUAL MEETINGS GOING STRONG

We’ve enjoyed seeing the highlights from all the county meetings andACA logo- meme size copyloveto see the hard work of counties executed in their annual meeting. We look forward to many 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.

 

ACA officers and staff are traveling across Alabama to attend meetings and are looking forward to visiting with YOU! This week, staffer Ali Cantrell will be attending the Mobile and Russell County Cattlemen’s Annual Meetings while Erin Beasley and Kayla Greer attend the Montgomery County Annual Meeting.

 

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. Also, as a reminder, the three-year member dues have changed to $120 with $82 coming back to the state office.

 

 

Discussing the Importance of BEEF in a Healthy Lifestyle

This Wednesday, ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell will be traveling to Moody High School in Moody, AL to talk about beef in the diet with students in school’s culinary program. She will cook up a simple beef recipe from BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com and teach them about how we raise a wholesome beef product from pasture to plate.

 

 

Private Treaty Sales

Don’t forget! Private treaty sales still fall under the checkoff provision and require that cattlemen submit their checkoff remittance. Forgot all about that? Don’t worry…you’ve still got time to submit your 2018 private treaty sales, and we even made it easy for you to submit online at BamaBeef.org/PrivateTreaty. In just a few simple clicks and keystrokes, you can get square with your checkoff remittance and enjoy the benefits of your beef checkoff!

 

 

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! Early Bird 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.


 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: January 9, 2019

Happy New Year!

With the first post of 2019 comes all sorts of updates from your Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. We hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas and New Year season and are settling back into a routine. For most of Alabama’s cattlemen, that routine is quite a muddy one. Yikes! Fortunately a few sunny days have re-brightened spirits and begun to dry things up. While we wait for the mud to dry, take a breather to catch up with all that’s happening at the ACA this week- it’s a busy start to a new, exciting year!


 

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!

 

We look forward to the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and you should too! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention or call Jessica today at (334) 265-1867.  EARLY BIRD PRICING EXPIRES TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT…DON’T WAIT! Mail-in forms are also available in your recent issue of the Alabama Cattleman or on the site listed above.

 

*Note to vendors: Ali Cantrell is now your trade show contact! Email Ali

 

 

County Annual Meetings Going Strong

We’ve enjoyed seeing the highlights from all the county meetings andACA logo- meme size copy loveto see the hard work of counties executed in their annual meeting. We look forward to many 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.

 

ACA officers and staff are traveling across Alabama to attend meetings and are looking forward to visiting with YOU! This week, ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell will be attending the Limestone and Madison County meetings. She’s excited to see our north Alabama members!

 

As you’re collecting membership information to put into the system, 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. Also, as a reminder, the three-year member dues have changed to $120 with $82 coming back to the state office.

 

 

Goodbyes and New Faces

This week brought about one sad event in our office as we said goodbye to a loyal and hardworking staffer. As of Tuesday, Michael Agar is no longer on staff at the association as he has accepted a new position in his career journey. Here’s a note from Michael from his Facebook account:

 

“Toward the end of the year, I accepted a position as an outside sales representative with Cargill Feed & Nutrition covering a territory from Birmingham south to the Florida panhandle. While I am excited to begin a new chapter with Cargill, it has been a bittersweet ending to my time with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. I am surrounded by a fun, hardworking staff in Montgomery that have become family and truly made this decision difficult. This association has so many volunteers across the state that have been a blessing to me and while those relationships will change, they will not end. I look forward to continuing to build on those relationships as I advance in my career. Thank you for letting me grow with this association, and I look forward to seeing everyone at ACA Convention – just in a different hat!”

 

With that said, to help fill in the shoes he left behind as well as the shoes left temporarily vacant by staffer Kayla Greer- who is out on maternity leave with her new baby girl who arrived on Dec. 21- we have hired a spring intern, Stephanie Fuller. Stephanie comes to the ACA by way of Auburn University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and her hometown of Valley in Chambers County. Expect to see Stephanie’s face out and about, especially at our upcoming convention! Send Stephanie a welcome!

 

 

Inaugural Events at the ACA

Inauguration Day is January 14 here in Montgomery! We will have a lot of folks trekking in and out of the building, and hope to see you. Our parking lot is open for members, and we invite you to stop into the lobby of The MOOseum for refreshments before you head toward the festivities happening in the downtown area. The beef truck and trailer will be in the inaugural parade, so look out for us! If you or your children would like to participate in the parade with us, contact Ali Cantrell!

 

 

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! Early Bird 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.

 

 

New Year. New You.

Have you started a New Year diet? Are you trying to shed a few of those wintertime pounds? Are you trying to build muscle to gain that more tones look? Don’t forget to add plenty of protein to your diet. Learn ways to do that by reading this month’s article written by Alabama Beef Checkoff Contract Registered Dietitian Elesha Ergle now live on the Bama Beef Blog. She’s offering great tips and recipes to kick start your weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals. Read the Article

 


 

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Power Through Your New Year Resolutions With Protein-Packed Beef

By Elesha Ergle, RDN

 

Well, it’s that time of year again.

 

All of us searching frantically for the magic potion to make us exercise and eat healthier.  I will admit…I did spend January 1 trying to figure out how to get more protein in my kids’ diets and trying to explain to my 10-year-old boy how peanut butter is not the best sole source of protein.  Protein is an essential nutrient that our bodies need retain and build lean body mass (muscle). At only 173 calories per 3 ounce serving, beef has a whopping 25 grams of protein, which is almost half of our daily value in one serving!  To get 25 grams of protein from peanut butter, you would have to eat 6.5 tablespoons that would equal 613 calories. Curious about what 25 grams of protein looks like? Check out this page from Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.

 

Beef Up Your Breakfast

Our grandparents would say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I would agree. Not eating breakfast can cause you to over eat at other meals throughout the day.  Start your day with these Beef and Egg Breakfast Mugs. Quick, easy, and so versatile!  Let the kids decide what they want to add to their creation, and feel confident you’ve started the day with 21 grams of protein and only 181 calories.

 

Snack Attack

It’s 10 a.m. and your lunch break is still a couple of hours away. How can you incorporate beef at snack times?  Try keeping a bag of your favorite flavor beef jerky nearby, or go for these tasty Beef Jerky Granola Bars.

 

Lift Those Leftovers for Lunch

Lunch time can be especially difficult during the work day.  Fast food isn’t always a good option, and often we don’t have time to search out a healthy place to dine.  Make a resolution to pack your lunch with healthy, protein-filled beef options.  Revive your leftovers!  Use steak in Steak and Bleu Cheese Wraps that are tasty and portable or hamburgers in Burger on a Salad. Your coworkers will be jealous of your tasty lunch creations!

 

Dinner…and Dessert! 

Like they say, Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner! Keep your dinnertime routine going with this simple recipe for Tender Juicy Skirt Steak, or try this Low Calorie Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry.  Keep your grill going during the colder months and grill sirloins, filets or lean beef burgers.  Don’t deny yourself a small sweet treat occasionally.  Try these Peanut Butter, Hazelnut Spread and Beef Jerky Cookies for an after-dinner treat that has 5 grams of protein per serving.

 

The key to maintaining your New Year resolutions is planning. Plan and pre-prep meals on the days when you aren’t as busy. Don’t set yourself up for failure by making resolutions that are too difficult to maintain; start slow, and know your schedule and limits. For more lean beef recipes, and more information on beef from pasture to plate, visit Beef It’s What’s For Dinner.  Happy New Year!

 

 

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: December 12, 2018

Only a few more blogs before the year’s end. Where, oh where, did 2018 go? As we prepare to settle in for the holidays and take on a busy Christmas season, we want to take what fleeting last opportunities there are to bring you all the updates with what’s happening 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!

 

We look forward to the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and you should too! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention.  Mail-in forms are also available in your December issue of the Alabama Cattleman or on the site listed above.

 

 

Farm Bill Watch

2018 farm bill graphicThe Farm Bill passed out of conference committee on Monday and should be on the floor this week. Now is the time to get it across the finish line before Christmas, and Congress is being urged to “vote yes” on this important piece of legislation. Of note for cattlemen, the bill still includes an authorization for a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank.

 

 

Producer & Consumer Communications

Stay tuned as this month wraps up a series of communication pieces that target beef consumers and Alabama beef producers. On Thursday, the final consumer e-newsletter of 2018 will hit over 10,000 inboxes across the state. Titled “Home for the Holidays,” you can bet this piece is all about the many ways to incorporate beef into your holiday plans. After Christmas, the fourth and final “Cattle Call” producer communication e-newsletter will blast and bring a quarterly wrap-up of all that has gone on in the Alabama beef cattle industry since October. If you would like to receive these newsletters, contact ACA Director of Social Media & Communications Kayla Greer.

 

Tis the season for county meetings

UnknownWe’ve enjoyed seeing the highlights from all the county meetings and loveto see the hard work of counties executed in their annual meeting. We look forward to many 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.

 

Also, as you’re collecting membership information to put into the system, 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. Also, as a reminder, the three-year member dues have changed to $120 with $82 coming back to the state office.

 

 

ADT Working Group

The Alabama Animal Disease and Traceability working group will meet on Friday to further discuss the advancement of animal disease traceability in Alabama. This fall USDA announced that states would no longer has access to metal ear tags beginning in January 2019 but would implement a cost sharing program on electronic identification tags.

 

 

Beef on ABC

On Tuesday, if you were in the Birmingham area, you may have seen ACA staffer Ali Cantrell on the ABC cooking segment at 9am. She cooked up a hearty pot roast and some Mexican beef sausage cornbread muffins from BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com to beef up the holiday season.

 

 

A VERY MOOEY CHRISTMAS

16579819-santa-in-cowboy-shoes-sit-on-lucky-horseshoeEach Christmas season, The MOOseum and the Alabama Beef Checkoff Program looks forward to a time of giving back to the community with a cowboy-themed MOOey Christmas event! Local care centers bring their classes for Christmas cookies, The MOOseum tours, a look at live animals and, of course, a sit on Cowboy Clause’s lap. This year we are excited to host this event on Friday, Dec. 21 and invite you to bring your little ones out to experience the magic of Christmas…with a Western flare!

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS

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! Elite and Premiere ticket sales are now available, so give Kara Coplin a call at 888-2RODEO2. Give the gift of rodeo this Christmas!!


 

 

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Give the Gift of Delicious Family Meals

By Elesha Ergle, RDN

 

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The movies, magic, gifts and the biggest part of it all…the stress.  I love Christmas, but the stress it can bring with cooking, traveling, gift-buying, elf moving and decorating doesn’t seem worth it. We all spend plenty of time in the kitchen during the holidays, so here are some beefy, time-saving and stress-relieving ideas to help you manage your holidays.

 

 

Crowd Pleasers and Stress Relievers

We spend a lot of time in crowds during the holidays. Whether it’s church socials, school parties, work parties or family traditions, there is always some kind of gathering that requires our attendance. I love to take finger foods to parties or have plenty on-hand when hosting a gathering, and beef is the perfect, versatile ingredient that can make it all possible. Make several batches of these Cranberry Meatballs and then you will only need to reheat when you need them.  And who doesn’t love a good dip?  This Slow Cooked Reuben Dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser…and with a prep time of only 10 minutes, it will lighten your cooking load!

 

 

Christmas Morning

The kids are up at the crack of dawn and you’ve been up half the night assembling a trampoline that you wish you had paid the assembly fee. We’ve all  been there. The last thing you want is to spend the following morning cooking breakfast.  Prepare for Christmas morning by prepping ingredients for these Beef Sticky Buns a couple of days in advance. Then, on Christmas morning, all you have to do is assemble the sticky buns and bake. A much easier task than the trampoline, I assure you.

 

 

Traveling Home for the Holidays

So many of us travel to family during the holidays and don’t want to show up empty-handed. It seems like such a chore to get something prepared that we end up volunteering to bring rolls. Make your life easier by choosing dishes that can be prepped ahead of time and then cooked in a slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker (EPC).  If you plan to take something that requires an oven, it will likely be full of other dishes. Carry your EPC or slow cooker with you and impress your family by bringing beef this year!  Make your dish center stage with this amazing roast recipe using an EPC and all your family will want the recipe. No EPC? No problem! Use this recipe for the slow cooker version.

 

 

Visit Beef It’s What’s For Dinner for even more recipes, nutrition information and to learn all about beef from pasture to plate.  Here’s to hoping your holidays are filled with love, joy, peace and plenty of beef!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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: December 5, 2019

And just like that, it’s December! As we roll into the last year of the month and prepare for the holiday season ahead, we want to take what few opportunities are left to keep you updated with association and checkoff happenings. Keep reading to learn more about what’s happening this week…and stay warm out there!


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!

 

We look forward to the 76th annual ACA Convention and Trade Show, and you should too! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at www.BamaBeef.org/Convention.  Mail-in forms will be available in your December issue of the Alabama Cattleman or on the site listed above.

 

 

FFA Joint Leadership Development Conference

Screenshot 2018-12-05 11.46.04AJCA President Michael Morrison and Clay County Cattlemen’s Vice President Mike Morrison joined staffer Michael Agar as they set up a booth in the FFA section at theJoint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC) in Birmingham. Michael engaged youth attendees by educating them on beef cattle retail cuts and where they come from on the live animal. He also discussed beef by-products and promoted AJCA membership and events.

 

 

NEW YEAR ADVERTISING SPECIAL

Screenshot 2018-01-10 10.57.02Listen up, advertisers! You’ll want to hear this! The Alabama Cattleman magazine is offering a discounted rate in the January and February issues if you reserve a full-page, four-color ad in both issues. The February issue is also our convention ssue and will be distributed at convention in addition to the regular mailing. If you are interested in reserving a full page color ad in both of these issues at the reduced rate of $850 per insertion, contact Production Coordinator Nicky Bechard by THIS FRIDAY, December 7th. P.S.- This is a $150 savings!

 

 

COUNTY MEETINGS NEAR & FAR

Unknown-6We’ve enjoyed seeing the highlights from all the county meetings and love to see the hard work of counties executed in their annual meeting. We look forward to many 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 inform 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.

 

Also, as you’re collecting membership information to put into the system, 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. Also, as a reminder, the three-year member dues have changed to $120 with $82 coming back to the state office.

 

 

Stay Tuned…for BEEF!

If you’re in the Birmingham area, tune in next Tuesday to the ABC station to see ACA staffer Ali Cantrell on the cooking segment at 9am. She will be cooking up a hearty pot roast and some Mexican beef sausage cornbread muffins from BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com to beef up the holiday season.

 

 

A VERY MOOEY CHRISTMAS

16579819-santa-in-cowboy-shoes-sit-on-lucky-horseshoeEach Christmas season, The MOOseum and the Alabama Beef Checkoff Program looks forward to a time of giving back to the community with a cowboy-themed MOOey Christmas event! Local care centers bring their classes for Christmas cookies, The MOOseum tours, a look at live animals and, of course, a sit on Cowboy Clause’s lap. This year we are excited to host this event on Friday, Dec. 21 and invite you to bring your little ones out to experience the magic of Christmas…with a Western flare!

 

 

SLE RODEO TICKETS

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! Rodeo ticket sale open up for Elite Buyers on Tuesday, Dec. 4 so if you qualify, give Kara Coplin a call at 888-2RODEO2. Don’t forget to save the dates!


 

 

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