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
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 will be available in your December issue of the Alabama Cattleman or on the site listed above.
FFA Joint Leadership Development Conference
AJCA 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
Listen 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
We’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
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! 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!