We took last week off form the blog because we had just spent the day before with all of our Board members providing updates and reports from the state office. We’re back at it today with more news and updates about all that’s happening at the ACA! Keep reading to learn more…
Board Members: Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy emailed an updated recruiting list out yesterday, so be sure to check those out and encourage your county members to continue recruiting and make it into our “Top Hand Club” with all those new and fun prizes! Just as a reminder, the deadline for recruiting new members is June 30th.
At the State Board meeting last week it was decided to close out the 2017 membership on May 25th. The state will then invoice all 2016 members who have not renewed, and renewal monies will come directly to the state. Be sure to send in all membership and payment no later than May 20th so that those members who have paid do not receive an invoice.
Bama’s Best Beef
We had some delicious-sounding, unique dishes nominated for this year’s 2nd annual Bama’s Best Beef contest! The nominations round closed Saturday, May 13 at midnight and this week has been spent narrowing down the top dish in each category and reaching out to those restaurants to accept the nomination and get us a picture of the beefy dish!
This year our contest features a dish in four ethnic categories: Asian, Hispanic, All-American and Other. Here’s the timeline for the rest of the contest:
May 22-27: Photo Challenge (Asian vs Hispanic)
May 29- June 3: Photo Challenge (All-American vs Other)
June 5-10: Final Round Photo Challenge (Week 1 Winner vs Week 2 Winner)
Be on the lookout next Monday for our Asian and Hispanic category finalists and be sure to VOTE by liking the picture that sounds the most delicious!
We’ve got a new face in the office as Logan Strock has started his summer internship with the ACA this week! Logan is from White City in Autauga County and is a student at Mississippi State pursuing his degree in agriscience education. He’s with us this summer to help plan the 11th annual, Fiesta-themed AJCA Round-Up held at the Garrett Coliseum July 20-23. He’s already off to a great start as he’s lining up contest judges and preparing to host Junior directors for a planning meeting next Tuesday!
If you have any questions or would like to sponsor the event this year, you can contact Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at (334) 265-1867.
YCLP Class IV
YCLP Class IV held its first meeting May 8-9 at the ACA headquarters in
downtown Montgomery. During the first day of the two-day meeting, the group tackled leadership styles, gained knowledge about the legislative process and enjoyed fellowship with classmates at a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game. The second day hosted further leadership training and the opportunity to participate in the ACA Spring Board of Directors Meeting which culminated in a trip to the State House to learn about the ongoing legislative session. You can meet our newest class by visiting www.bamabeef.org/yclp.
Following last week’s first meeting of the year, ACA Director of Social Media & Communications Kayla Greer sent press releases and a head shot to each student’s hometown newspaper to increase exposure of the new class and the program as a whole!
ACA Executive Vice President Dr. Billy Powell has been working with ACA Assistant Executive Vice President Erin Beasley as they prepare to make the transition of roles effective July 1 upon Dr. Powell’s retirement. Dr. Powell has been introducing Erin to banking officials, legislative members, and covering all the basis of her new role.
This afternoon, they will meet with Clint Davis who has just retired from a long career as a livestock theft investigator with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and in the Rural Crime Unit with ALEA. The meeting will be a review of livestock laws in Alabama where Clint will explain these laws, the measures to which they are enforced and any changes he thinks need to be made.
Summer Grilling Video
Fire up the grills and get ready to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a perfectly-portioned Porterhouse for two! This is the first of four educational recipe videos produced by staff at the ACA. This video is now live on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Here’s a Few Handy Links You May Enjoy: