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
We’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
The 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
We’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
Each 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 for 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!!