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.