What’s Going On Wednesday: September 11, 2019

It’s a hard date. It’s one that stands out in the minds of each and every American that lived through this day 18 years ago. We remember the news reports, the horror of watching the towers fall on live television, the smoke, the images of rescue teams running into the chaos. After almost two decades, it’s incredible how the details of that day are inscripted in our minds. We all know where we were. We can remember the emotion. We can remember the disbelief that something so horrible could happen on our homeland. 

But it did. 

Then came September 12. A day where America was truly American. We were one nation under God. Patriotism soared as we shook our fists at our attackers. Bookstores sold out of Bibles. Prayer groups ceaselessly gathered. Stores, schools, businesses closed. Everything was quiet for a mement in time as we prayed so intentionally and fervently for the lives of the rescuers, for the families of those taken and the state of our nation. 

Eighteen years later, we still pause to remember that day, those events, the people. So we do that right now. Before we head into our weekly update and continue on with life as usual. Just pause with us- to remember- so that

September 11, 2001 is truly never forgotten

911- 2018 Post

 

 


 

Membership Count of the Day: 9,317 members

Recruit, recruit, recruit! 

 

ALABAMA CATTLEMEN’S FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

ATAG-_Scholarship_APPLY_19pplications for 2019-2020 Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarships are now open and are set to close on November 1, 2019. This year’s lineup of scholarships include those funded by the sale of the Cowboy vanity car tag, such as the “Tagged for Greatness” scholarship, as well as many endowed scholarships from generous families. An addition to the many award opportunities this year is a Trade School Scholarship for students attending a trade school program in the state of Alabama. Be sure to check out our many scholarships and get those applications submitted by November 1.

Award recipients will be honored at the 2020 Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Banquet to be held April 11, 2020 at the Wetumpka Civic Center in Wetumpka, AL. More information and applications can be found online at www.BamaBeef.org/Scholarships.

 

 

 

AgVenture in Fayette

Screenshot 2019-09-11 14.49.23Staffers Morgan Pounds and Ali Cantrell headed to Vista Farms today for a youth event called Ag-Venture. Vista Farms is part of the educational youth event, and staffers are headed to be a helping hand and interact with the youth and do some beef education. We’re excited to be part of this day.

 

 

Bull Ad Class at Auburn

Each year, Director of Communications Kayla Greer gets the opportunity during the fall months to visit her alma mater to present on the art of building ads to the Auburn ANSC Bull Production class. During this presentation, she discusses the assets that make an ad successful and those that care hurt your marketability. She also joins the students in the pasture as they capture an image of the bull they are marketing for the assignment. She offers insight on framing, positioning and tips to make the animal look the best it can on an ad. Then she charges them with the task of building their own ad and once submitted, she assists the class leaders in grading. Special thanks to Dr. Sonia Moisa and George Richburg for allowing us to be in on this unique assignment.

 

 

YCLP Meeting in Auburn

This weekend, we are looking forward to hosting the third session for our Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP) Class VI. They will be heading to Auburn for our Cattlemen’s Beef 201, a tour of Langley Farms and some leadership/team building at the AU ropes course. We know it’s going to be a great weekend and appreciate all that are making it happen!

 

 

CATTLEMEN’S BEEF 201

Speaking of…the ACA is hosting a Cattlemen’s BEEF 201 Program at the Auburn IMG_4432(1)University Beef Teaching Unit and Meats Lab on Friday, September 13. We invite all cattlemen to explore the beef industry from pasture to plate, with emphasis on the plate side as we’ll fabricate a carcass before your eyes! This is the part you don’t get to see on the farm! Features of this program will include a live animal evaluation, carcass evaluation and fabrication. Please sign up to attend next week’s checkoff-sponsored course at www.BamaBeef.org/Beef201 or contact ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell.

 

 

Visiting Alabama Stockyards

Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds enjoyed her past weekend traveling to sales. She attended South Alabama Stockyards in Brundidge on Friday to enjoy a special sale. Then on Saturday, she enjoyed the 30th Annual “Keepin Kind” Bred Heifer Sale at Cullman Stockyards. This week, she dropped in to meet Robbie Gibbs and the team at Arab Livestock Market and enjoyed their weekly sale. We’re excited about a busy sale season coming up!

 

 

BEEFFEST AT SWEETCREEK

70361182_1690994467703216_6002921969660461056_oOctober 12-13 is sure to be a great time as we team up with the folks at SweetCreek Farm Market and Alabama Department of Ag and Industries to host the first-ever BeefFest in conjunction with the venue’s annual pumpkin festival! Make a road trip to Pike Road, AL for fun games, craft vendors, a beef chili cook-off and a coloring contest for kiddos. ACA staff and volunteers will be present to tell the pasture to plate story while serving up some delicious beef chili samples. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

 

 

JUNIOR PASTURE TO RAIL REGISTRATION OPEN

If you’re interested in teaching your youth about marketing cattle on the grid and retained ownership, we’ve got just the program for you! Youth are invited to register their animals into he Junior Pasture to Rail Program— a partnership between the Alabama Beef Checkoff Program and Alabama Beef Systems Extension— where they’ll ship calves in November, participate in a few pasture to plate educational opportunities, their receive the carcass data on their animals after harvest. To learn more about program requirements and to register, visit www.BamaBeef.org/JP2R.

 

 

TRADE SHOW REGISTRATION NOW LIVE

Registration is open for the trade show at the 77th annual ACA ConventionACA logo- meme size copy & Trade Show happening in Montgomery on February 14-15. That’s right, bring your sweetheart to town and enjoy promoting your product or service to Alabama’s largest gathering of cattlemen! Please contact staffer Ali Cantrell if you would like to be a vendor at the 2020 show or visit www.BamaBeef.org/Convention to register online with a credit card.

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: September 4, 2019

Hello September, and hello fall months! Although it may not quite feel like fall outside, signs of the changing season are everywhere you look! Our Bama Beef Events Calendar is full of upcoming sales. Fall calves are hitting the ground across the state, and beef promotion is in the air as we’ve kicked off fall promotions surrounding October Beef Month. Speaking of, be sure to listen out for the classic “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” tagline on the Auburn and Alabama radio pre-game shows and stay tuned for big plans as we head into October. Keep reading to learn more and catch up with the team at ACA this week!
Membership # of the Day: 9,045


Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarships

ATAG-_Scholarship_APPLY_19pplications for 2019-2020 Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarships are now open and are set to close on November 1, 2019. This year’s lineup of scholarships include those funded by the sale of the Cowboy vanity car tag, such as the “Tagged for Greatness” scholarship, as well as many endowed scholarships from generous families. An addition to the many award opportunities this year is a Trade School Scholarship for students attending a trade school program in the state of Alabama. Be sure to check out our many scholarships and get those applications submitted by November 1.

Award recipients will be honored at the 2020 Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Banquet to be held April 11, 2020 at the Wetumpka Civic Center in Wetumpka, AL. More information and applications can be found online at www.BamaBeef.org/Scholarships.

 

 

Cattlemen’s BEEF 201

The ACA is hosting a Cattlemen’s BEEF 201 Program at the Auburn IMG_4432(1)University Beef Teaching Unit and Meats Lab on Friday, September 13. We invite all cattlemen to explore the beef industry from pasture to plate, with emphasis on the plate side as we’ll fabricate a carcass before your eyes! This is the part you don’t get to see on the farm! Features of this program will include a live animal evaluation, carcass evaluation and fabrication. Please sign up to attend next week’s checkoff-sponsored course at www.BamaBeef.org/Beef201 or contact ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell.

 

 

Make Way for the 2020 Rodeo

sle-logoThe SLE Board of Directors will meet on Thursday to discuss several big topics in preparation of the 2020 SLE Rodeo. These will include ticket prices, entertainment, a website relaunch and other business. The annual meeting and dinner for SLE members with be Thursday, September 26 and the results of the Board disucssion will be announced to the membership. SLE members should be on the look out for an invitation to the dinner in coming days!

 

 

Sales, Sales and More Sales

It’s sale season, and it’s evident when looking at our staff calendar! On Friday, ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds will be stopping by South Alabama Stockyard in Brundidge, AL to attend a special sale being hosted at the market. She’s looking forward to seeing the livestock and visiting with market owners and cattlemen attending the sale. But wait, there’s more! Morgan is also hitting the road on Saturday as she heads north to Cullman Stockyard for the Keepin’ Kind Bred Heifer Sale. If you’re out and about attending these sales, be sure to stop Morgan and introduce yourself. She’d love to talk with you!

 

 

BeefFest at SweetCreek

Screenshot 2019-08-28 13.25.41October 12-13 is sure to be a great time as we team up with the folks at SweetCreek Farm Market and Alabama Department of Ag and Industries to host the first-ever BeefFest in conjunction with the venue’s annual pumpkin festival! Make a road trip to Pike Road, AL for fun games, craft vendors, a beef chili cook-off and a coloring contest for kiddos. ACA staff and volunteers will be present to tell the pasture to plate story while serving up some delicious beef chili samples. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

 

 

Junior Pasture to Rail Registration Open

If you’re interested in teaching your youth about marketing cattle on the grid and retained ownership, we’ve got just the program for you! Youth are invited to register their animals into he Junior Pasture to Rail Program— a partnership between the Alabama Beef Checkoff Program and Alabama Beef Systems Extension— where they’ll ship calves in November, participate in a few pasture to plate educational opportunities, their receive the carcass data on their animals after harvest. To learn more about program requirements and to register, visit www.BamaBeef.org/JP2R.

 

 

Trade Show Registration Now Live

Registration is open for the trade show at the 77th annual ACA ConventionACA logo- meme size copy & Trade Show happening in Montgomery on February 14-15. That’s right, bring your sweetheart to town and enjoy promoting your product or service to Alabama’s largest gathering of cattlemen! Please contact staffer Ali Cantrell if you would like to be a vendor at the 2020 show or visit www.BamaBeef.org/Convention to register online with a credit card.

 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: August 28, 2019

Just like that, we have approached the end of yet another month and are really fired up to enter the fall season! Not only will the weather hopefully offer a slight break in the heat but it’s a busy time, and we enjoy getting out on the road! As October Beef Month creeps in, sale season fires up and the those fall calves start to his the landscape…there’s lots to be excited for int he world of beef! We were thrilled to host over 40 counties at last week’s August Board Meeting and enjoyed the opportunity to award the 10 counties who went “Over the Top.” It was also a tru joy to unveil The MOOseum project to a group of cattlemen who are so engaged in the Alabama beef industry. Speaking of being engaged, keep reading to learn more about what’s happening this week at the Alabama Cattlemen’s. 


 

BEEF 101 at Sysco Central Alabama

69744725_1676529802483016_1171824304216604672_nThis past Friday, ACA Director of Education and Outreach Ali Cantrell spent the day at Sysco Central Alabama for a beef cutting training with sales representatives. Barney Wilborn with the Auburn Meats Lab did a demonstration over cutting the Round primal, and Ali gave an overview of the entire beef industry as well as a run down on beef labeling. ACA and YCLP members, Scott McElfresh, his wife Sarah McElfresh and Amanda Engle were in attendance as well!

 

 

And the Bama’s Best Burger Fiery Four Finalists Are…

  • SUCH-n-SUCH (Decatur) Heart Attack Burger
  • R & R Burgers (Springville) The Jealous Grandma Burger
  • Heards BBQ & Soul Food (Maplesville) Surf-n-Turf Burger
  • Brickstone Burgers & Brews (Eufaula) Brickstone Burger

 

 

Big Fun at the Pike County Catttlemen’s Rodeo

ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds spent this past weekend out69100458_1676698932466103_8939810693880741888_n and about as she joined the team lead by President Jim Shaver and Director Ed Whatley at the Pike County Cattlemen’s 27th Annual Rodeo. Morgan competed in the celebrity mechanical bull contest that Friday morning at Santa Fe Steakhouse and she enjoyed getting to visit with cattlemen, vendors and watch the show that evening with staffer Ali Cantrell.

 

 

Beef Fest Coming to Town

Screenshot 2019-08-28 13.25.41ACA is hosting Beef Fest at SweetCreek Farm Market in Pike Road October 12 -13. Make a road trip to the farm market for fun games, a beef chili cook-off and a coloring contest for kids. ACA staff and volunteers will be present to tell the pasture to plate story while serving up some delicious beef chili samples. This event will be held in conjunction with the venue’s annual pumpkin festival, so join us for a big day of family fun! Learn more on the event page on our website.

 

 

Stopping by Stockyards

Staffer Morgan Pounds headed to Brewton, AL for a Saturday sale this past 69046333_1679176812218315_4597527572836777984_nweekend. There she met the owner Dale Anderson and enjoyed watching the sale. She also enjoyed meeting the staff, buyers, sellers and local cattlemen. As sale season kicks into high gear, Morgan will be at Uniontown on Friday for the Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale at Alabama Livestock Auction.

 

 

Junior Pasture to Rail Registration Open

If you’re interested in teaching your youth about marketing cattle on the grid and retained ownership, we’ve got just the program for you! Youth are invited to register their animals into the Junior Pasture to Rail Program where they’ll ship calves in November, participate in a few pasture to plate educational opportunities, then receive the carcass data on their animals after harvest. To learn more about program requirements and to register, visit www.BamaBeef.org/JP2R.

 

 

YOU’RE INVITED: CATTLEMEN’S BEEF 201

CattlemenBeef201-01The ACA is hosting a Cattlemen’s BEEF 201 at Auburn University’s Beef Teaching Unit and Meats Lab on Friday, September 13. We invite all cattlemen to explore the beef industry from pasture to plate. Features of this program will include live animal evaluation, carcass evaluation and fabrication. Please sign up at www.bamabeef.org/beef201 or contact Ali Cantrell to get registered for the program. There are only 15 spots left!

 

 

Vendor Registration Now Live

Trade show vendor rgistration is open for the 77th annual ACA Convention Trade Show happening in downtown Montgomery! Please contact Ali Cantrell if you would like to be a vendor at the 2020 Convention or visit www.BamaBeef.org/Convention  to register today!

 

 

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Back to School with Beef Jerky

By Elesha Ergle, RDN

 

 

The summer heat continues to bear down, and it seems impossible that it is time for the kids to go back to school already.  Whether your baby is just starting kindergarten this year, or your “baby” is starting high school, there is no doubt you have given some thought about how to help your kids power through the day.

 

Children need proper nutrition to keep their growing bodies fueled for learning throughout the school day. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast are able to pay attention better in classes, perform better on tests and have less behavior issues.  If you are confused about how to get your family going this school year, beef is here to help.

 

Beef Jerky at Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! If your kiddos are scrambling to get out the door in the mornings, whip up some Beef Jerky Trail Mix for a healthy meal on the go. Mix it with different dried fruits (no added sugars are best) and nuts, or let the kids make their own mixture to inspire their imagination and get them involved in the kitchen. Loaded with 25 grams of protein per serving, trail mix a great way to get your kids’ school day started off right. It even packs easy into a lunch box for snack time.

 

After School Treats
Beef Jerky Granola Bars are another great option for on-the-go breakfasts or snacking. Kids who are active in sports and other after-school activities will also love to keep these treats in their packs for busy afternoons. For a delicious snack after they hop off the bus, have some Peanut Butter Chocolate-Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Beef Jerky Cookies to keep the kids powered through homework until suppertime. These beef’d up cookies are sure to be a hit, and you can feel good knowing they have had a nutritious snack packed with protein.

 

Individually-wrapped beef jerky sticks come in all sizes and flavors and are delicious and handy for those days when you just thought the calendar looked light. You can find these in large quantities online for reasonable prices and have them delivered to your door, saving you time and money. Keep them packed away in the car, backpacks, and athletic bags for a quick and nutritious snack that will keep your scholars and athletes full and focused.

 

Everyone’s lives are busy, but we can still pack in healthy foods to fuel our active agendas. One serving of lean beef provides 50 percent of our daily protein needs, so while you are busy chasing kids, you can put your mind at ease knowing that their snacks are one less thing to worry about. Visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com to explore all kinds of unique beef jerky and back to school recipe ideas for this busy time of 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: August 14, 2019

Well, if it wasn’t hot enough, it just got hotter! With a volatile week of weather and cattle markets, we are happy to bring some news that’s not so dreary. We’ve got a lot coming up and in the works, so keep reading to learn more about what’s happening at the ACA this week! 


 

Tyson Plant Burns

Let’s start with the obvious. The cattle market is the talk of the week as the boards are feeling the PNGPIX-COM-Tyson-Foods-Logo-PNG-Transparenteffects of a fire that one of Tyson’s beef harvest plants in Kansas suffered over the weekend. The plant processes 6,000 head of cattle a day taking away a landing spot for an already-saturated fed cattle market. Tyson has announced they will rebuild immediately and is working to redirect cattle into their other packing facilities. With the uncertainty so far around this situation, cattle markets have been limit down both Monday and Tuesday. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has had a significant role to ensure the Federal regulatory burden does not make recovery any harder. ACA is working to notify our congressmen and senators in D.C. of the situation so they are aware of the effects this will have on our producers in the coming weeks who are selling feeder calves.

 

 

State Ag Board Meeting

Screenshot 2019-08-14 13.35.27Erin Beasley attended the quarterly meeting for the Department of Agriculture and Industries Board on Tuesday in Decatur. She presented the 2018 annual report and financials for the State Beef Checkoff program and received unanimous approval from the board along with several positive comments about the program as a whole.

 

 

Bama’s Best Burger Update

Regional semi finalist voting has kicked off for the 2019 Bama’s Best Screenshot 2019-08-12 09.38.47Burger contest! Region 1 and Region 2 semi finalists are duking it out in a a very close first round of Facebook polling. Region 1 semi finalist is SUCH-n-SUCH (Decatur) Heart Attack Burger, while the Region 2 semi finalist is the Bananza Burger from The Strand in Fort Payne! So far the poll has garnered over 1,300 votes with SUCH-n-SUCH leading by only 30 votes. This poll closes in the morning, and the challenge between Region 3 semi finalist J&J Grocery (Bessemer) Cheeseburger and Region 4 semi finalist R&R Burgers (Springville) Jealous Grandma Burger will go live! Be sure to follow the contest to find out who all the regional semi finalists are and VOTE for your local dive.

 

 

Wood Fruitticher Sales Meeting

This Thursday, staffer Ali Cantrell is traveling to Trussville for the Wood Fruitticher Sales meeting to kick off the fall beef sales promotion. Barney Wilborn, the manager of Auburn University’s Meat Lab, will be joining Ali during this sales meeting to fabricate and present cuts from the chuck and sirloin to the salesmen. This presentation is meant to educate the salesmen about the cuts they sell everyday and how to better market them to their customers.

 

 

Board of Directors Meeting- Next Week!

Board members, be sure to RSVP to Jessica Kennedy for next week’s Summer Board of Directors Meeting! We’ll be giving out “Over the Top” county prizes, giving you all the ACA updates you need and letting you in on an exclusive FIRST LOOK at  ALL the new changes in The MOOseum! Don’t miss out.

 

At the membership desk this week, remittances from our latest mail-out have begun rolling in and the membership number of the day is 8,836! We are so close to 9,000…but the goal is 10,000. Staffers have begun to call non-renewed members, so join us in recruiting!

 

 

Beef Systems Short Course

On Tuesday, ACA Director of Field Services stopped in on the first of 67965592_1668840516585278_6188286551928078336_nmany Beef Systems Extension Short Courses happening statewide throughout the fall months. Morgan visited the kickoff meeting at the Clanton location and enjoyed the opportunity to visit with cattlemen and get an overview of the content being taught during the four-night course. To find an upcoming course near you and to get registered, visit www.aces.edu/go/1065.

 

 

Clay County Cattlemen’s Rodeo

Staffers are looking forward to the opportunity to attend this weekend’s Clay County Cattlemen’s Rodeo happening Friday and Saturday evenings. The team will go to enjoy and support this county cattlemen event and see what all it has to offer! Next week will bring the Pike County Cattlemen’s Rodeo where staffer Morgan Pounds will be taking pride on a mechanical bull and attending the event. If you’ve got an upcoming county event, be sure to let us know about it!

 

 

Preparing for Fall Promotions

Ali Cantrell is preparing October Beef Month boxes for county Cattlemen’s Associations. These boxes will be ready for pick up at the Summer Board of Directors meeting on August 22. Please contact Ali if there is a special event this fall that you need promotional material for so she can add it to your box! If you are unable to pick up a box at the board meeting, let Ali know that you want it mailed.

 

 

News from the AJCA

If you attended the 2019 AJAC Round-Up, we want to hear your feedback on the event. Visit www.BamaBeef.org/AJCA where you’ll find a link to a survey regarding the event and 2020 upcoming events. We appreciate the time you take to help us improve the Round-Up! We also encourage you to go check out the newest feature of the AJCA, an Instagram! If you use the social app, hop on and give @al_juniorcattlemen a follow. With the guidance of ACA staff, AJCA President Ashlyn Ruf will be running the account during her year of leadership. Let’s show her and our junior association some support!

 

 

You’re Invited: Cattlemen’s BEEF 201

CattlemenBeef201-01The ACA is hosting a Cattlemen’s BEEF 201 at Auburn University’s Beef Teaching Unit and Meats Lab on Friday, September 13. We invite all cattlemen to explore the beef industry from pasture to plate. Features of this program will include live animal evaluation, carcass evaluation and fabrication. Please sign up at www.bamabeef.org/beef201 or contact Ali Cantrell to get registered for the program.

 


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What’s Going On Wednesday: August 7, 2019

Well, it’s a scorcher out there today. Good thing today’s blog is chock-full of good reads to keep you inside during your lunch break just a liiiitttleee bit longer. As board sale and back-to-school seasons fire up, it’s a busy time for both the worlds of cattle production and beef promotion. All systems are go at our office as we tackle stockyard visits, October Beef Month plans, burger contest, board sales and The MOOseum renovation project. Keep reading to find out more about what’s happening at the ACA this week. 


 

The MOOseum Taking Life

MOOseum COLOR logoThe big news this week is all that’s happening on the first floor of our building! As if it hadn’t already, The MOOseum is truly experiencing a total transformation as the exhibit fabricators are in town performing installation. The images we’ve seen for so long in 2D form are really beginning to take life in 3D and we’re so excited to unveil the new MOOseum!

 

 

Save the Date- August Board Meeting

ACA logo- meme size copyIf you’re a Board member, you’re opportunity to see The MOOseum isn’t far off as you’ll get a first-hand look at the August Board Meeting to be held August 22 at 10 a.m. We’ll be celebrating our “Over the Top” counties, enjoying an educational session with Dr. Misty Edmondson and getting all the updates…oh, and touring the new exhibits!! Don’t forget to RSVP to Jessica Kennedy by August 16. We’ll see you there!

Membership # of the Day: 8,770

 

 

Out and About at Alabama’s Stockyards

67781537_1662426593893337_5689163613571383296_nField services staffer Morgan Pounds  has been out and about in Alabama since she started at the ACA in May. She has been to seven yards across the state and hopes to be able to say she has made it out to visit each yard in the state before she has been on our team for a year. So far she’s visited Mid State Stockyards,  Montgomery Stockyards, Livingston Stockyards, Opp Stockyards, Sand Mountain Stockyards, Alabama Livestock Auction and Clay County Livestock. For the month of August she has Double A Auction (August 24) and Coffee County (August 29). If you will be at the sale on those days, stop by to meet her and grab a cap!

 

 

Trump Signs EU Agreement

The officers of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association were on site at Screenshot 2019-08-07 10.31.10the White House last week for President Trump’s announcement of increased access into the European Union. NCBA President Jennifer Houston said “Today is a good day for America’s cattlemen and cattlewomen. President Trump and his trade team deserve a lot of credit for standing up for America’s cattle industry and securing this important market access to Europe. For many years it has been difficult for us to sell our high-quality U.S. beef to European consumers because of the restrictive tariff and non-tariff barriers, but the establishment of this 35,000 metric ton duty-free quota sends the signal to America’s cattle industry that Europe is ready for U.S. beef. All across America, our beef producers go to great lengths to raise safe and delicious beef products that are enjoyed by consumers around the world. It is exciting to know that European families will enjoy more of the delicious U.S. beef that we feed our families. And this would not have happened if it were not for the effort of President Trump and his trade team.”

 

Consider being a member of NCBA to support the efforts in Washington, join here www.ncba.org.

 

 

Fall Promotional Boxes

Next week, ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell will be preparing October Beef Month boxes for county cattlemen’s associations. These boxes will be ready for pick up at the Summer Board of Directors meeting on August 22. Please contact Ali if there is a special event this fall that you need promotional material for so she can add it to your box. If you are unable to pick up a box at the board meeting, let Ali know that you want it mailed. Email Ali

 

 

AJCA Leadership Retreat

ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds will be headed to the 4-H 67601805_2270278359755728_2344123335463403520_ncenter Friday with our 2019 2020 Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association (AJCA) Board. On this retreat, she hopes the juniors build relationships with each of their fellow board members and grow closer together as a team. The AJCA Board works to serve the Junior Cattlemen of Alabama. Over the weekend, they will have multiple meetings discussing upcoming AJCA events, evaluating 2019 Round-Up (be on the look out for a survey to give us your own evaluation of 2019 Round-Up), and looking at ways they can better serve in their districts as directors.

 

 

Board Sales Galore!

It’s board sale season! Staffers Erin Beasley, Kayla Greer, Ali Cantrell, and Morgan Pounds will be attending the Producers Feeder Calf Sale in Autaugaville tonight. The staffers look forward to fellowshipping with fellow cattlemen. On Thursday, Ali Cantrell and Morgan Pounds will head to the SAFE Feeder Calf Sale hosted in the Wiregrass Area.

 

 

 


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What’s Going On Wednesday: July 31, 2019

And just like that, July is complete! With the ringing of the midnight hour tonight, we’ll say “so long” to July and welcome a very busy August with open arms. As we prepare for all the fun that comes with back-to-school/countdown to kickoff/hay baling/board sale/calf weaning/board meeting season, keep reading to learn more about what’s happening at the ACA! 


 

DENVER FOR NCBA SUMMER MEETING

Screenshot 2019-07-31 11.44.10ACA Executive VP Erin and the officers are in Denver this week participating in the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting where policy matters will be discussed and plans for the 2020 checkoff program will be outlined. This week has been busy and a lot of information has been discussed and presented. Alabama is well-represented as Chris Langley, Larry Reeves, Clay Kennamer, Eric Smith and Jimmy Holliman attended the conference! Hear more about what’s happening with this Southeast AgNet report.

 

 

Stopping Along West Alabama Landscape

Staffers Morgan Pounds and Kayla Greer took a trip to west Alabama on Tuesday. On their travels, they got the chance to stop by Donald Mean’s farm and check out his 275-head Brangus herd. When in Demopolis, why not stop by the building the association was organized in 1944? After enjoying a nice ribeye sandwich at Stacey’s Café in the old Demopolis Inn,  staffers headed to Uniontown where they both enjoyed watching Alabama Livestock Auction’s weekly sale and saying hey to owner Jim Sealy. The day did not end there. Staffers then headed to Greensboro to snap a few pictures of  stocker calves so check out the September issue of the Alabama Cattleman to see our favorite photo from the day and where it was taken!

 

Speaking of stockyards, be sure to stop by Clay County Stockyards next Tuesday to meet Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds! She will be visiting with the buyers of the sale and will have a few hats and tags for our cattlemen in tow. Don’t miss out!

 

 

ALACTE Summer Conference

Today, ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell presented at the ALACTE Summer Conference to Family and Consumer Science teachers in Birmingham. The presentation was over incorporating beef basics and cookery techniques into a classroom lesson plan. This was also an opportunity to discuss the Alabama Jr. & Sr. Beef Cookoff for next year with the FACS teachers.

 

 

WE’RE HIRING

sle-logoThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, in partnership with the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, is seeking to hire a Director of Rodeo Programs. Responsibilities of this job largely include the execution of the annual SLE Rodeo, sponsorships and serving as field staff for the Cattlemen’s Association. To learn more and apply, visit www.BamaBeef.org/Staff. A copy of the job description can also be viewed by clicking here>> Director of Rodeo Programs.

 

 

BOARD MEETING SOON

save the dateBoard meeting notices are out, Board members! Be sure to send back those RSVPs.  The meeting will be August 22 at the Cattlemen’s building. We will be honoring the “Over the Top” counties and having an educational program from Dr. Misty Edmondson. RSVP to Jessica Kennedy at the office if you plan to attend!

 

Membership # of the day: 8,743

 

 

Riverchase Career Center Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, staffer Ali Cantrell will be attending the ribbon cutting for the Riverchase Career Connection Center in Hoover City Schools. The Riverchase Career Connection Center will be a program for high school students in Hoover City Schools to learn a trade and learning skills that will help them find substantial careers. ACA has been working with the culinary program professionals to incorporate beef education into the lesson plan.

 

 

The MOOseum, Under Construction

The MOOseum has shut its doors and is under construction as we renovate MOOseum COLOR logothroughout July and August! In just a few short weeks, the space has really begun to transform, and we are very excited with the changes and upgrades thus far! Weʼve got one more week of demo and preparation before the graphic fabricators are in town to install the many pieces that will make The MOOseum new and exciting! It is amazing how quickly this project is moving along when compared to the many, many hours of detailed work that went into planning. he MOOseum is really bringing the best it has to offer in terms of upgrades. You wonʼt believe what weʼve got in store, so Board Members REALLY donʼt want to miss the August Board Meeting where we will be unveiling the finished product to you, our board!


 

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Burger Mania for the End of Summer!

By Elesha Ergle, RDN

 

Hamburgers. 

That one word can get your mouth drooling! From diner smash burgers to gourmet cheeseburgers, burger lovers desire the best of the best.  Cooking the perfect burger at home can be intimidating with so many different methods, but you can find one that suits your taste. Check out this great video from Epicurious that gives different cooking methods and the science behind cooking a great burger. Start perfecting your own recipes or try out some of these great ideas!

 

 

Burgers for Breakfast   

Burger lovers will flock to the idea of having a tasty burger at breakfast.  If you cook hamburgers and have leftovers, try making yourself a burger for breakfast!  Reheat a burger (165 degrees), top with some bacon, fried egg, or cheese on a bun or roll, and you’ve got yourself a high protein breakfast that is quick, delicious and packed with protein!  If you would rather have a recipe, try this Bistro Breakfast Burger.

 

 

Smash burgers

The delicious diner favorite. Ground beef is rolled into a ball, placed on a hot griddle or skillet, smashed thin, and served 1-3 patties thick, usually slathered with cheese and all kinds of delicious toppings. Use a cast iron skillet and make some of these delicious burgers at home. This recipe for smash burgers gives step-by-step instructions if you are a first timer.  Warning: after having these you may never want to cook a burger any other way!

 

 

Grill Masters Unite

If the thoughts of frying a burger in a skillet annoys you, don’t hesitate to craft a delicious, juicy burger on your grill. Whether you’re using charcoal or gas, be sure that you know the safety instructions for both methods, or refer to this video for some great tips. When you are ready to grill, try out this recipe for Classic Beef Cheeseburgers. For those of you who have mastered the art of grilling and are looking for a great new burger recipe, try these Gourmet Grilling Burgers.

 

 

Low-Carb and Gluten-Free

With many people focusing on low carb or gluten free diets, there are ways to enjoy a good burger while sticking to diet restrictions. Try having your favorite burger wrapped with all your favorite toppings inside whole leaf lettuce. You can have all the deliciousness of the burger sans the bun.  This spicy Western Burger is cool with avocado and wrapped in crispy leaf lettuce for a fresh, delicious, summer-worthy burger.

 

Whether you love them grilled, fried, leftover for breakfast…or any way that you can get them…burgers are a great way to pack in beef’s excellent protein in a delicious, affordable way. While burgers may seem like they aren’t the healthiest choice for your dinner plate, there are many methods of cooking and leaner choices available in ground meat to provide numerous options, and don’t forget to top it with fresh veggies such as lettuce, tomato and even avocado for an added boost of nutrition to complement all that delicious protein. For more recipes, cooking methods and to learn more about beef from pasture to plate, visit Beef It’s What’s For Dinner.

 

Stay cool, and go eat some burgers, ya’ll!

What’s Going On Wednesday: July 24, 2019

Hey, hey, hey…how about those cooler temps this morning? It was just a little tease at the fall weather yet to come, and we can’t wait! Why, you ask? The fall means ALL SORTS of exciting things at the ACA— Beef Month, bull sales, the National Fair, county meeting season kick off, tailgating season, holiday roasting…so much fun stuff to keep us on our toes here at the office! While we are busy making plans and scheduling upcoming events, let’s pause to find out what else is going on during this post AJCA Round-Up planning time of year! 


 

AJCA Round-Up Wrap-Up

What a holly jolly weekend we had at the 13th annual AJCA Round-Up held in Montgomery. We would first like to shoutout anyone who helped come and judge any on67601805_2270278359755728_2344123335463403520_ne of our 14 contest…THANK YOU! This event would not be possible without your support and expertise! But now, for the real shoutouts to all those awesome Juniors who really brought their best game to the show ring and the contests. Here’s the rundown of winners:

 

2019-2020 Officers:

  • President, Director 1: Ashlyn Ruf, Limestone County
  • Vice President, District 4: Will Meadows, Houston County
  • Secretary, District 3: Tucker Hilyer, Chilton County
  • Treasurer, District 1: Hannah Maddox, Dekalb County
  • Ex-Officio: Michael Morrison, Clay County
  • District 2: Russell Jordan, Clay County
  • District 2: Christian Meadows, Randolph County
  • District 3: Jewel Thompson, Lee County
  • District 4: Matthew Baxley, Geneva County
  • At-Large: Olivia Powers, Chilton County
  • At-Large: Hannah Grace Childress, Chilton County

 

Market Show

Grand Champion Market Steer
Greer Jones, Pike County
% Charolais

Reserve Champion Market Steer
Trace Strock, Autauga County
Charolais

3rd Overall Market Steer
Aniston Bolding, Chilton County
Commercial

4th Overall Market Steer
Madison Caylor, Mobile County
Maine-Anjou

5th Overall Market Steer
Walker Johnson, Cullman County
Commercial

 

 

Breeding Heifer Show

Supreme Champion Breeding Heifer
Chelsea Langley, Chambers County
Angus

Reserve Supreme Champion
Isabella Kent, Baldwin County
Shorthorn

3rd Overall
Callie Rae Childers, Morgan County
Maine-Anjou

4th Overall
Lakin Whatley, Montgomery County
Commercial

5th Overall
Emma Merriman, Etowah County
Charolais

 

Showmanship

Junior Top 5
(1) Greer Jones
(2) Asa Thompson
(3) Annabelle Wesley
(4) Mylee Stagner
(5) Sara Best Faust

Intermediate Top 5
(1) Olivia Powers
(2) Russell Jordan
(3) Curt Williams
(4) Mary Hannah Gullatt
(5) Victoria Thompson

Senior Top 5
(1) Kirsta Murphree
(2) Tucker Hilyer
(3) Hannah Maddox
(4) Lakin Whatley
(5) Trace Strock

 

 

BEEF 101

Screenshot 2019-07-24 11.35.16This week, ACA is hosting a BEEF 101 in Auburn for Childhood Nutrition Directors from Vestavia Hills City Schools. Staffer Ali Cantrell will be teaching 40 directors the Pasture to Plate story along with Past President Bill Lipscomb and Extension Specialist Alex Tigue. Also in attendance are John and Henrietta Gibson, staffer Morgan Pounds, and The MOOseum Coordinator Kara Coplin.

 

 

Denver Bound for NCBA Summer Meeting

ACA Executive VP Erin and the officers will be traveling to Denver next week to participate in the NCBA summer meeting where policy matters will be discussed and plans for the 2020 checkoff program will be outlined. The week will be busy and a lot of information will be discussed and presented. Alabama will be well represented as Chris Langley, Larry Reeves, Clay Kennamer, Eric Smith and Jimmy Holliman attend the conference!

 

 

WE’RE HIRING

sle-logoThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, in partnership with the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, is seeking to hire a Director of Rodeo Programs. Responsibilities of this job largely include the execution of the annual SLE Rodeo, sponsorships and serving as field staff for the Cattlemen’s Association. To learn more and apply, visit www.BamaBeef.org/Staff. A copy of the job description can also be viewed by clicking here>> Director of Rodeo Programs.

 

 

Board Meeting Soon

Board meeting notices went out this week!  The meeting will be August 22 at the Cattlemen’s building. We will be honoring the “Over the Top” counties and having an educational program from Dr. Misty Edmondson. RSVP to Jessica Kennedy at the office if you plan to attend!

 

 

Cowboys in the Classroom: Coming Up!

Screenshot 2019-07-24 11.32.51This week ACA received a shipment of books from Amanda Radke for our Cowboys in the Classroom program this coming fall. The book is called Levi’s Lost Calf, and it showcases the day in the life on a farm from a boy named Levi’s perspective. If you’re county is interested in reading this book to some of your schools please contact Ali Cantrell by email or phone to receive a book to read and donate to the library of your school.

 

 

THE MOOSEUM: CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

Don’t forget! The MOOseum has shut its doors and is under constructionMOOseum COLOR logoas we renovate throughout July and August! Doors won’t open again until mid-August. We’re excited to see this project coming quickly to a fruition and cannot wait to re-open in August with a fresh, new look. You won’t believe what all we’ve got in store!!


 

 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: July 17, 2019

Well, we may be headed to a Christmas in July- themed Round-Up, but it ssuuuureeee doesn’t feel like Christmas in July! Snowflakes wouldn’t make it anywhere near this Alabama heat, and unless Santa’s sleigh can glide over humidity…he may be out of luck also! While you take a break to beat the heat today during your lunch hour, enjoy catching up with all the ACA happenings this week. We look forward to seeing many of you at this weekend’s 13th annual AJCA Round-Up!


Membership # of the Day: 8,699

A HOLLY JOLLY ROUND-UP

AJCA_RoundUp_LogoOnly_19(2)This weekend is sure to be the most wonderful time of the year as over 130 youth come to town on their aluminum-sided sleighs with reindeer that look shockingly like show calves!! We’re excited to host the 13th annual AJCA Round-Up this weekend at Garrett Coliseum here in Montgomery. Check-in begins tomorrow from 12-5pm. We’ll also be hosting steer and commercial weigh-in from 4-6pm tomorrow at the Lewis Barn.  We’re looking forward to this premier youth livestock event and hope to see you there supporting the future of Alabama’s beef cattle industry. A schedule of events can be found online at www.BamaBeef.org/RoundUp and in the July issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine.

 

 

Tailgating with Beef Filming

On Monday, staffer Ali Cantrell filmed cooking segments with Jack and Virginia at WSFA here in Montgomery. These cooking segments will air on August 18 and 25, and the recipes focus on Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner tailgating album. For the segments, Ali cooked up some Classic Sloppy Joes, Cheesehead Sliders and Classic Beef Kabobs…all perfect for the upcoming FOOTBALL season in the south!!

 

 

Stocker Cattle Shortcourse

On Friday, the ACA will have a booth at the Stocker Cattle Shortcourse in Greensboro, AL. Staffer Ali Cantrell will be attending the conference to mix and mingle with stocker operators and cattlemen from all over the state of Alabama. We look forward to seeing you there and applaud REA Blenda Glover on her continued efforts to make this event happen annually!

 

 

WE’RE HIRING

sle-logoThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, in partnership with the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, is seeking to hire a Director of Rodeo Programs. Responsibilities of this job largely include the execution of the annual SLE Rodeo, sponsorships and serving as field staff for the Cattlemen’s Association. To learn more and apply, visit www.BamaBeef.org/Staff. A copy of the job description can also be viewed by clicking here>> Director of Rodeo Programs.

 

 

 

Preparation for Bicentennial Day

Bicentennial-768x435ACA attended the monthly Bicentennial Stakeholder’s meeting this morning to go over the schedule of the day of activities of December 14. The ACA will host rodeo games, farming equipment and an appearance of Cowboy Santa to celebrate Alabama’s 200 years of statehood. The beef truck will also make an appearance at the Bicentennial parade through downtown that morning from 10 – 11:30am. So come out and celebrate with your favorite cattlemen!

 

 

THE MOOSEUM: CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

Don’t forget! The MOOseum has shut its doors and is under constructionMOOseum COLOR logoas we renovate throughout July and August! Doors won’t open again until mid-August. We’re excited to see this project coming quickly to a fruition and cannot wait to re-open in August with a fresh, new look. You won’t believe what all we’ve got in store!!


 

 

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