What’s Going On Wednesday: March 20, 2019

Happy Spring! In true springtime fashion, we were greeted by cool temps, sunshine and chirping birds this morning, and as the day goes on…things are starting to warm up. Textbook springtime behavior, and we are so grateful for it as it means green grass and the end of feeding season is near!  We are also grateful for a full calendar ahead as it means staff gets to get out and about to see you guys. Keep reading to learn more about what’s going on this week at the ACA.


 

ALABAMA CATTLEMEN’S FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET

Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation logo_nobackgroundYou may have noticed something different at the annual Awards Banquet if you joined us in Birmingham for the 76th ACA Convention & Trade Show. The room wasn’t quite as full, and the program was a bit shorter, and that’s because the annual Foundation Scholarship portion of the evening has been moved to its own, private event! That’s right, we now are able to give these stellar recipients a special evening where they and the endowment families get to shine! So with that said, this Saturday the Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation will award $64,000 in scholarships to 74 deserving students at the 2019 ACA Scholarship Banquet. The banquet will be at the Wetumpka Civic Center at 5:30PM. Coverage of the banquet will be in the May magazine, so be on the lookout for your favorite scholar!

 

 

Nebraska Disaster Relief

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Photo: Reuters

The bomb cyclone that hit America’s heartland is still causing problems long after it’s gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the cattlemen of Nebraska and the Dakotas that fought monumental snowfall and now, torrential flooding. If you want to help, disaster relief funds have been established and supplies are being requested.

Supplies Needed

  • Hay
  • Feed stuffs
  • fencing material
  • volunteer help
  • equipment
  • other

Contact Nebraska Dept of Ag for assistance 1-800-831-0550 or visit nda.nebraska.gov/resources/

 

Disaster Relief Funds (Information below provided by Drovers)

The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund is organized in the State of Nebraska as a not-for-profit corporation and will be seeking to qualify as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable org under which all donations made to the Fund would be tax deductible for the donor in accordance with applicable federal tax laws. All of the proceeds will go to cattlemen and women of Nebraska who are dealing with the devastation of the flooding.

To donate write a check to Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to:
Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund
4611 Cattle Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521

NDA’s Hay and Forage Hotline, 402-471-4876, connects buyers with sellers of hay, pasture and other types of forage. This hotline service is available at no cost to buyers and sellers.

 

 

SLE Rodeo & JBE Wrap-Up

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Photo: ALFA Farmers

We enjoyed an awesome week at the SLE Rodeo and Junior Beef Expo! We want to start by saying congratulations to Harmon Butler of Dale County who exhibited the Supreme grand Champion Market Steer and Ashlyn Ruf of. Limestone County who took the grand prize in the heifer show. We’d also like to acknowledge the more than 130 youth who received scholarships from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Pictures from the scholarship luncheon are available by clicking here and Junior Beef Expo photos, provided by the Alabama Farmers Federation, are available at the links below. Congrats to all on an outstanding weekend of exhibiting, performing and enjoying the western culture of rodeo!

Heifer Show: Click Here 
Market Show: Click Here
Showmanship: Click Here

 

 

CATTLEWOMEN’S 5K

The Alabama CattleWomen’s BeeFit 5k is April 13 in downtown Montgomery, and we’re excited to launch Team Bama Beef at this event. Team Bama Beef will be comprised of beef-loving fitness enthusiasts and will be supported by the beef checkoff. We’re looking for people who are committed to living an active, healthy lifestyle and who love eating beef! If you’re interested in being a part of Team Bama Beef, contact Ali Cantrell by phone or email to get some more information.

Registration for the event is now live on the CattleWomen’s website, http://alabamacattlewomen.com/beefit/.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The membership count of the day is 6,639 members of the ACA…and ACA logo- meme size copy
counting as Membership and Producer Contact Coordinator Jessica Kennedy and our county leaders are steady inserting renewals and new members or NEED to be! Jessica is working to get all membership up-to-date so she can then begin sending out membership statements to all non-renewed members in April as well as county liability insurance information. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

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Celebrating Nutrition with Trendy Beef Cuts

BY Elesha Eagle, RDN

 

Welcome, sweet springtime! 🌿🌼 We are seeing new calves, green grass popping up, and flowers starting to emerge.  March is National Nutrition Month, so let’s spring in to March by focusing on the awesome nutrition found in some of our favorite beef cuts.

 

 

Stewing Up Nutrition

Even though the cold weather is (hopefully) starting to leave us, you can utilize stew meat to keep making stews even through the spring.  Stew meat packs the beefy protein punch of 25 grams per serving and will beef up any of your favorite stew recipes.  I found this recipe for Instant Pot Tex-Mex Beef Stew that is full of flavor and great for those cool spring evenings.

 

 

Flanks for the Memories

Flank steaks are often over looked at the meat case, but this lean steak can be the centerpiece of your family dinner.  Packing 23 grams of protein with only 160 calories, use flanks steaks for fajitas and fill up your table with toppings and condiments.  Make memories around your dinner table by letting the kids prepare their own fajitas and having a happy, peaceful mealtime sponsored by lean beef.

 

 

Get Shorty

Short ribs are full of flavor and fall-off-the-bone tender when slow cooked or braised.  With flu season continuing to linger here in the south, keep your immune system going with this delicious cut of beef.  Short ribs contain 70% of your DV for immune-boosting zinc and are packed with beef’s awesome protein of 24 grams per serving…you are going to want to serve these all year long.  Never tried short ribs? Try this recipe for Braised Short Ribs from Taste of Home.

 

 

A Brisket-a-Tasket…

A Brisket is fantastic. Brisket Half Flat is a lean cut of beef from the animal’s breast and is loaded with beef’s awesome protein of 28 grams per serving with only 170 calories.  This super lean cut is great for braising, roasting, slow-cooking or pressure cooking. I don’t know about you, but I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all month long using brisket for this recipe for Homestyle Corned Beef with Dilled Cabbage.

 

Be sure to check out Beef It’s What’s For Dinner for more recipes, tips, nutrition information, and to learn more about beef from pasture to plate. For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the website for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Happy National Nutrition Month and celebrate good health with beef!

 

 

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: March 13, 2019

Hot, to cold, rain to dry…one thing is for sure, the only thing about the weather that’s consistent is the pollen count. But hey, pollen means spring. Spring means calving and green grass, and green grass means a muddy winter of feeding is almost behind us! Hang in there, cattlemen. Brighter, hotter days are surely ahead!

While we wait for them, though, let’s get an update from the state Cattlemen’s Association this week. It’s rodeo time, and we’re gearing up for a big weekend at the Garrett Coliseum. Buckin’ broncos, barrels, show calves and scholarships, we’re looking at a jam-packed weekend with the SLE Rodeo and Junior Beef Expo ahead. Keep reading to learn more about what’s happening this week in Montgomery!


 

Special Session Comes to a Close

The special session ended yesterday afternoon after the Senate passed theGas-Tax_0 Gas Tax (28 yes to 6 no) with no amendments to the House version. Gov. Ivey signed the bill into law a few hours later and ended a week and half of buzz around town. Legislators will come back for their second day of the regular session next Tuesday, March 19 to resume work on the rest of the issues in front of them.

 

 

Saddle Up!

It’s here! Rodeo week is upon us, and we’re excited for the round-up of sle-logoevents ahead. As you read this, the barns at Garrett Coliseum are filling up with superior show stock as junior cattlemen, 4-H and FFA students from across Alabama are gearing up for a weekend of exhibition in the Junior Beef Expo. We’d like to wish all those young people good luck and a safe, successful weekend!

 

Back in the Coliseum, we’re excited to be a sponsor of the 62nd annual show! There’s bucking broncos, barrel riding, bull fighting and trick riding to be seen, and you don’t want to miss it! Kicking off the fun is a parade through Downtown Montgomery on Thursday followed by a 7 p.m. show where kids 12u enter FREE! On Friday night, we invite everyone out but especially retired and active military and first responders as we’re offering a BOGO deal on tickets. Don’t forget you’re I.D.! Then on Saturday, at 2 p.m., we’ll bring all the rodeo action at the matinee performance followed with MORE fun that night a 7 p.m. You’re not going to want to miss Roman Rider Dusti Crane Dickerson, Rodeo Clown and Professional Barrelman Rockin’ Robbie Hodges, the elite stock of Frontier Rodeo Company and all those cowboys looking to make it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

 

To purchase tickets, call 888-2RODEO2, visit SLERodeo.com, stop by the ACA or visit the Garrett Coliseum Box Office.

 

And don’t forget to bring your youngins to the stick horse rodeo each night at 5:30 p.m. and the Western Festival on Saturday from 10-noon. Both events are FREE and open to the public!

 

 

High School Beef Cook-off

This week is the last week to get registered for the Alabama Jr. & Sr. High School Beef Cook-off happening April 6 in Montgomery. If your county hosted a beef cook off this year, please be sure your winners get registered by THIS Friday, March 15! They can do so online at www.BamaBeef.org./Cookoff.

 

 

Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Banquet

Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation logo_nobackgroundYou may have noticed something different at the annual Awards Banquet if you joined us in Birmingham for the 76th ACA Convention & Trade Show. The room wasn’t quite as full, and the program was a bit shorter, and that’s because the annual Foundation Scholarship portion of the evening has been moved to its own, private event! That’s right, we now are able to give these stellar recipients a special evening where they and the endowment families get to shine! So with that said, next Saturday the Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation will award $64,000 in scholarships to 74 deserving students at the 2019 ACA Scholarship Banquet. The banquet will be at the Wetumpka Civic Center at 5:30PM. Coverage of the banquet will be in the May magazine, so be on the lookout for your favorite scholar!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The membership count of the day is 6,514 members of the ACA…and ACA logo- meme size copy
counting as Membership and Producer Contact Coordinator Jessica Kennedy and our county leaders are steady inserting renewals and new members or NEED to be! Jessica is working to get all membership up-to-date so she can then begin sending out membership statements to all non-renewed members in April as well as county liability insurance information. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

CattleWomen’s 5K

The Alabama CattleWomen’s BeeFit 5k is April 13 in downtown Montgomery, and we’re excited to launch Alabama’s Team Beef at this event. If you are an avid runner and are interested in being a part of Team Beef, please contact Ali Cantrell at our office, and she will get you registered for the 5k and provide you with Team Beef apparel.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES: 2019 AJCA ROUND-UP

AJCA RoundUp LogoDeck the barns with boughs of shavings fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. This year at the 13th annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up, we’re bringing the heat to Christmas in July! We’ll return to the Teague for three jammed-packed days on July 18-21 as we take on the show ring and all our many other career development and beef educational contests! Save the dates for the most wonderful (and hot!) time of year- July 18-21 at the Garrett Coliseum Livestock Barns in Montgomery.

 

 


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What’s Going On Wednesday: March 6, 2019

Rain, wind and arctic air have struck our home state. On such a bright and beautiful day, it’s hard to think of the devastation our friends and neighbors in east Alabama have suffered. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost everything, including ones they love most. Our hearts are broken for the Beauregard community, and we will work with cattle producers affected by tornado or flood damages through our Foundation.

Beyond such a somber note, it is a busy week in downtown Montgomery as the legislative session has kicked off, and we look forward to the SLE Rodeo, our scholarship banquet and those awesome beef promo events that come in the springtime months! There’s lots going on, so saddle up and keep reading to get your weekly Cattlemen’s update.


 

Infrastructure’s the Word

53274062-alabama-state-capitol-buildingThe legislative session kicked off this week in Montgomery, and the fireworks have already started following the rollout of Gov. Ivey’s infrastructure plan. The Senate and House gaveled on long enough on Tuesday to take a recess in preparation for Gov. Ivey’s State of the State address. As anticipated, a special session was requested by the governor and acted on by the legislature late last night. With that said, today begins the special session focused on the gas tax, and the regular session is adjourned until March 19.  Stay tuned for updates about the special session!

 

 

House Rural Caucus Dinner

This evening, the ACA, ALFA, the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Rural Electric Association will host the Rural Caucus for the House of Representatives at the Cattlemen’s building. Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth, Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Pate and ACA President Chris Langley will be special guests along with caucus members. Mr. Kenneth Boswell will be the featured speaker to discuss the importance of the upcoming census with the group. This has become an annual event for the association that takes place the first Wednesday night of the session and gives the ag groups a platform to discuss rural issues at hand. The rural caucus chairman is Rep. David Standridge from Blount County.

 

 

ProStart Invitational Cook-Off

53429968_1537685253034139_326181845345501184_nACA Director of Education and Outreach Ali Cantrell had an early start to her Monday as she headed north to Huntsville for the Alabama ProStart Invitational Cook-Off. At the event, Ali set up a Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner booth where the high school culinary participants could learn more about beef and create their own spice rub to take home! She also mingled with FACS teachers in preparation for our upcoming Alabama Jr. and Sr. High School Beef Cook-Off and presented an award for the best beef dish of the day which went to the Shelby County Career  Technical Education Center. Congrats!

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The membership count of the day is 6,162 members of the ACA…and ACA logo- meme size copy
counting as Membership and Producer Contact Coordinator Jessica Kennedy and our county leaders are steady inserting renewals and new members or NEED to be! Firm membership deadlines are as follows and must be delivered (not postmarked) by the dates below:

  • Early Bird Drawing: March 31
  • “Over the Top” Red Coat: June 15
  • Top Hand Recruiting Club: Dec 31

Don’t forget our newest member benefit. Thanks to our friends at Conestoga Steak House in Dothan, members can now get $2 off their meal (excluding alcoholic beverages)!

 

 

SAVE THE DATES: 2019 AJCA ROUND-UP

AJCA RoundUp LogoDeck the barns with boughs of shavings fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. This year at the 13th annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up, we’re bringing the heat to Christmas in July! We’ll return to the Teague for three jammed-packed days on July 18-21 as we take on the show ring and all our many other career development and beef educational contests! Save the dates for the most wonderful (and hot!) time of year- July 18-21 at the Garrett Coliseum Livestock Barns in Montgomery.

 

 

Alabama Dieticians Association Meeting

Ali Cantrell is looking forward to attending the Alabama Dieticians Association Meeting in Montgomery this week to talk with registered dietitians about beef in a healthy lifestyle. NCBA and ACA will also be sponsoring the guest speaker, registered dietician, Judy Barbe, on that Thursday to talk about confident cooking techniques!

 

 

SLE RODEO- COMING TO TOWN!

The 62nd annual SLE Rodeo will come bucking back to town March 14-16 sle-logo(NEXT WEEKEND) for the best show on dirt east of the Mississippi! 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.

 

*NOTICE* Cowgirls, take note of the new “Clear Bag Policy” at the Garrett Coliseum. Regular purses are no longer allowed for security reasons, so grab those clear stadium bags before heading to this year’s show!


 

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