What’s Going On Wednesday: June 19, 2019

Rain, drought, scattered storm, drought, random monsoon, dry for a week..dusty trucks, can’t bale because the hay’s too wet, filling water troughs, creek’s flooded. Boy, oh, boy that sure sounds like an Alabama summer, don’t it? Bipolar and unpredictable. A farmer’s greatest tool is his faith, and trusting in the Good Lord’s provision of dry and wet weather is a mindset we’ve all had to accept…and, admittedly, some of us are probably still working on it! It reminds us of the verse from Deuteronomy 11:15, “I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.” While we all work on our faith as we fight the whoas of summer weather, take a break to catch up on all that’s happening at your Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. We’re busy working for you while you’re busy working to feed the world. 


 

Stopping at Stockyards

64839272_1621329334669730_3525645400956469248_nAs you may have already seen on our social media, last week ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds joined Extension Specialist Kent Stanford as the duo visited Sand Mountain Stockyard in Crossville. This week, the stockyard visits continue on as Morgan and staffer Kayla Greer head over to Livingston Stockyard and then Morgan will head south to Double A Auction in Brewton on Saturday! We’re hauling those big ole Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner signs with us, so look out for your favorite market on social media!

 

 

AL Auctioneer Named Reserve World Champ

We’d like to say congratulations to Montgomery Stockyard auctioneer 64398566_1617232125079451_3184812086429483008_nChuck Bradley for being named Reserve World Champion at the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship held in Dinuba, Calif. at Tulare County Stockyard two weekends ago. Chuck is a Rockford, Ala. native and was joined on his journey by Dallas County cattleman, market owner and LMA Past President Jerry Etheredge. Look out for more info in the July issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine.

 

 

State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

64998724_892013031148661_2015681693075111936_nHogs, goats, sheep…and of course, cattle…youth from across Alabama competed on Tuesday in the 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest in Auburn. ACA staffers Morgan Pounds and Ali Cantrell were at the event to show support of our youth industry partner, help out where needed and cheer on junior cattlemen in the contest! We’re always so impressed with the caliber in which our youth compete, and yesterday’s event was absolutely no exception. Great job to all who came out, competed and/or placed!

 

 

Over the Top Deadline Passed

With the passing of Saturday came the end of our “Over the Top” county drive! ACA Membership Coordinator Jessica Kennedy is busy as she gets all that came in over the weekend uploaded to the system before she can announce what all counties went Over the Top! If you know your’s did….CONGRATS! Thank you for your hard work at the grassroots level. We can’t wait to give you your red coat! If you’ve got questions about membership, be sure to reach out to Jessica at 334-265-1867.

 

 

AJCA ROUND-UP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

AJCA_RoundUp_LogoOnly_19(2)Registration for the 2019 “Christmas in July” AJCA Round-Up is now live at BamaBeef.org/RoundUp. We’ve got contest entry, animal entry and novice entry…so enter the site prepared with alllllllll the info you’ll need to successfully complete including AJCA membership number, EID tag numbers, premise I.D.’s, etc. You don’t want to miss this holly jolly youth development event riding in on its sleigh July 18-21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery!

 

 

Round-Up Sponsorship, Now Available Online

If you believe the future of our industry in the hands of our junior cattlemen, show your support as they bring their best to the AJCA Round-Up. We now offer the opportunity to sponsor the event through an online option! Skip the paper checks and the visit to the post office…just grab your favorite card and hop over to www.BamaBeef.org/RoundUp. Whether you want to sponsor for $5 or $500, you can do it online and support Alabama’s premier youth livestock event! Just click the link above, scroll down until you see the “Sponsor” button and fill out the form adding any amount you’d like to sponsor. When you’re done, just visit your cart and check out. Your generosity WILL NOT go unnoticed!

 

 

The MOOseum- Closed for Renovation

It’s FINALLY happenMOOseum COLOR logoing!! The MOOseum is shutting its doors and going under construction as we renovate throughout parts of June, July and August! Doors close tomorrow (Thursday), so you’ve got a few more hours if you want to check it out one more time. But don’t worry, we’ll have before-and-after shots to show off so you can really appreciate the fresh design when it’s all said and done! We’re excited to see this project coming quickly to a fruition and cannot wait to re-open our doors in August with a fresh, new look! You won’t believe what all we’ve got in store!!

 


 

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Grab the Garden-Fresh Tastes of Summer

By Elesha Ergle, RDN

 

 

Rocking chairs, shucking corn, the sound of snapping beans and purple-dyed thumbs…anyone else starting to feel like you’re on your grandma’s porch?

 

 

We spent a lot of time during the summers growing and storing our own fresh vegetables straight out of the garden. I do miss those days, and look forward to summer when fresh vegetables are more readily available. While canned and frozen vegetables are fine choices, summer is a perfect time to grab some fresh vegetables and pair them with lean beef for a nutritious meal. Lean beef is a protein power-house that provides 25 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving with only 173 calories!

 

 

Egging You On

Fresh eggplant…I remember getting some from neighbors and trying countless recipes with my mom to decide if we really liked it or not. If only we had internet then…now we can find countless recipes to fit any taste!  This recipe for Ground Beef Eggplant Parmesan will be one that you will want to make all year long.  Simple, delicious and even the kids will love it!

 

 

Burgers+ Fruits & Veggies

Yes, we can have vegetables with a real beef burger!  Grab your veggies and try this Grilled Burger with Fresh Garden Vegetables. If you want to stick to your own favorite burger recipe, add garden-fresh tomato, lettuce and onion slices for a hit of freshness with each savory bite.  If you have fresh peaches and are looking for something new and different, give this Old South Burger with Peach Compote a try!

 

 

Beef on a Stick…With Fruits and Veggies, Of Course

Kabobs are a delicious and exciting way to pair lean beef and fresh garden goodies. Dice up your favorite lean cut of beef and pair it with whatever veggies you have on hand…onions, sweet peppers, squashes, mushrooms, tomatoes…even fruits like pineapple, mango, oranges or peaches are delicious when grilled! Don’t believe me? Try this recipe for Citrus-Marinated Beef Top Sirloin & Fruit Kabobs.

 

 

Summertime Pizza

Any time is pizza time at our house, and I love this recipe for Beef and Garden Vegetable Pizza.  Mix it up different veggies, and let the kids chose their own toppings for a pizza any parent can be proud of.  This is a great recipe to use those leftover vegetables in the fridge and try something new to keep things interesting this summer!

 

 

Try your local farmer’s markets for fresh veggies and local beef, or grocery store shelves will be filling up with in-season produce at lower prices. If you aren’t used to buying fresh vegetables, use this guide to help you make the best choices and know what’s in season. Let’s get started with some of these great beef recipes, or you can check out Beef It’s What’s For Dinner for even more recipes and learn all about beef from pasture to plate. If you have an Amazon or Google Home device, Ask Chuck to help you with all your beef preparation needs.

 

Stay cool and have fun this summer, and EAT MORE 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: June 12, 2019

What a refreshing weekend! We finally got much-needed rain. Whether you wanted more or got plenty, let’s remember to be thankful for any and every drop. Now they’re talking about cool mornings ahead for a nice little break in the middle of a HOT June…what a treat! You know what else is a treat? Working for YOU. Keep reading to find out what your staffers are up to this week.


 

Big Changes in the SLE

sle-logoAfter decades of service to the Southeastern Livestock Exposition (SLE) Rodeo, Dr. Billy Powell and Ms. Martha Davis have retired from the organization. Last week, the SLE Executive Committee met and appointed Erin Beasley as executive director of the SLE, which was then approved by the board of directors. These changes will bring a new staff position to the association which will be posted next week to begin accepting resumes. The new staff person will be primarily responsible for planning the SLE Rodeo on an annual basis. Stay tuned for more information next week. The SLE and ACA both salute Dr. Powell and Martha for their commitment to the rodeo for so many years and wish them both well in retirement.

AJCA ROUND-UP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

AJCA_RoundUp_LogoOnly_19(2)Registration for the 2019 “Christmas in July” AJCA Round-Up is now live at BamaBeef.org/RoundUp. We’ve got contest entry, animal entry and novice entry…so enter the site prepared with alllllllll the info you’ll need to successfully complete including AJCA membership number, EID tag numbers, premise I.D.’s, etc. You don’t want to miss this holly jolly youth development event riding in on its sleigh July 18-21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery!

 

Speaking of youth cattle shows, ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds enjoyed visiting the Pike County Invitational Steer & Heifer Show this past weekend in Troy at Cattleman Park. A great turnout with bright youth and impressive cattle, we’re excited to see all these youth in Montgomery soon!

 

 

FROM THE MEMBERSHIP DESK

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 8,361 members and counting! It’s a big week in the membership office…Don’t forget that the “Over the Top” deadline is THIS SATURDAY! To qualify four your red coat, your county has to go Over the Top by having membership input in i4a or by having names AND money into the office by June 15. Got questions about our “Over the Top” program? Give Jessica a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

On Tuesday, ACA’s Erin Beasley and Jessica Kennedy joined on a conference call with officers and regional vice presidents as we updated on membership status and answered any questions as we head into our final push for county Over the Top activity.

 

If you are a county president or secretary who did not receive your 2019-2020 leadership handbook at the May Board Meeting, please email Jessica to have your copy mailed today. It’s packed with officer and staff information and resources you need in your county such as an Regional Extension Agent map, a by-laws template, ACA merchandise and postcard service information and much more. Contact Jessica Kennedy today to get your copy sent the in mail!

 

 

Bama’s Best Beef Presentation

This week ACA Director of Education and Outreach Ali Cantrell will be heading north to Florence, AL to present the Bama’s Best Beef award to Smokin’ on the Boulevard. ACA staff and officers will treat themselves to some delicious brisket before presenting the award to the owner’s of the restaurant. Stay tuned for more info in the Alabama Cattleman magazine!

 

 

Visiting Sand Mountain Stockyard

file-31ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds is in Sand Mountain today as she visits with the owners and presents them with their new Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner signage for use at the facility. She enjoyed watching the sale and lunch with market owner John Hamilton (pictured) and Regional Extension Agent Kent Stanford. We appreciate the market for being such a generous host and look forward to getting around to all of Alabama’s livestock markets.

 


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What’s Going On Wednesday: June 5, 2019

We’ve got two themes floating around the office this week. (1) Praying for rain and (2) National Blue and Corn Gold. We’re hoping for a rainy FFA Week here in Montgomery and across the state. As thousands of FFA students head to the Capital City, we pray rain clouds head to Alabama, and the forecast is looking good for both. Get that hay in and saddle up for a rainy weekend…finally!


 

FFA Week in Montgomery

Screen Shot 2019-06-05 at 11.23.53 AMThose iconic corduroy jackets have painted Downtown Montgomery as thousands of young students in agriculture are in town for the annual Alabama FFA Convention! We’re proud to be involved with this outstanding association in a number of ways this week as today we host the FFA Wall of Honor Luncheon, man a booth representing the AJCA at the Trade Show and tomorrow President Chris Langley will have the honor of presenting the Livestock and Meats Evaluation CDE awards to outstanding FFA chapters who competed in these events. The MOOseum is also open for tours, and the opportunity to tour the entire ACA building is on the table for any teacher who stops by with a group. If you’ve got children or students in town, make sure to tell them to stop by and see us!

 

 

Disaster Relief Bill awaits Signature

The long-awaited and much-needed disaster relief bill received final Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.18.49 PMpassage and is on its way to the desk of President Trump for consideration. The ACA would like to the thank the Alabama delegation for its continuous efforts to see this bill through.

 

“For eight long months, farmers in the Wiregrass and throughout the Southeast have waited for disaster relief aid after Hurricane Michael devastated the region last October,” Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in a statement. “I am very proud that Congress has at last delivered this long-overdue assistance, and I am eager to see President (Donald) Trump sign this bill into law to finally help the many Americans who have suffered extreme devastation in the wake of natural disasters across the country.”

 

The $19.1 billion disaster aid package includes over $3 billion for agricultural programs; payments for crop and livestock losses due to hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic activities, tornados, floods, snowstorms or wildfires during 2018 and 2019; $480 million for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program, which provides assistance to owners of private forests to restore disaster-damaged forests; $558 million for the Emergency Conservation Program, which provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters; and $150 million for Rural Community Facilities Program, which provides grants for facilities to provide health care, education, public safety and public services to rural communities.

(Info: Alabama Political Reporter)

 

 

Grilling, Marinating and Talkin’ Beef

This week, ACA  Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell met with stakeholders for the Alabama Bicentennial campaign. They discussed events for the Bicentennial Day on December 14 and how the Cattlemen’s building can be utilized for this historic event. Save the date and join us for the day…it’s going to be quite the sight to see!
She talked beef, and on Friday, Ali will be grilling it for John McMillan’s picnic for his staff in the treasury office. We are excited to host this event at the ACA.
Ok so she’s talked and grilled beef….and on Saturday, ACA will be hosting the Alabama CattleWomen’s Association Board Meeting where Ali will give a demo on marinating inexpensive beef cuts for steak salads and talking about unique ways to incorporate beef into a healthy lifestyle!
 
Talked- check. Grilled- check. Marinated- check.
 Beef. It’s What’s for Everything Around Here.

 

 

 

MOOving Along in The MOOseum

MOOseum COLOR logoThe MOOseum renovation is making strides as final edits have been sent along to the designers, quotes are being collected and the project’s lead designer is making a final trip to town for complete review before fabrication begins! ACA staffers Erin Beasley and Kayla Greer are adding the finishing touches to some of the new features of the children’s educational center and are excited for the project to begin coming to life in the near future with plans for completion by AUGUST! Stay tuned as The MOOseum moooooves forward with renovation.

 

 

AJCA ROUND-UP registration now open

AJCA_RoundUp_LogoOnly_19(2)Registration for the 2019 “Christmas in July” AJCA Round-Up is now live at BamaBeef.org/RoundUp. We’ve got contest entry, animal entry and novice entry…so enter the site prepared with alllllllll the info you’ll need to successfully complete including AJCA membership number, EID tag numbers, premise I.D.’s, etc. You don’t want to miss this holly jolly youth development event riding in on its sleigh July 18-21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery!

 

Speaking of youth cattle shows, ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds enjoyed her weekend at the Crenshaw County Belt Buckle Classic: Summer Edition…and boy, what a show! With over 150 participants, Saturday was an eventful day in Luverne for this first-time show. Morgan enjoyed helping at check-in where she saw so many bright, young faces of Junior Cattlemen and in the ring throughout the day. Two thumbs up for a great event, Crenshaw County!

 

 

From the Membership Desk

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 8,250 members and counting! HELP US GET OVER 10,000! Don’t forget that the “Over the Top” deadline is coming in hot- in fact, it’s next  week! To qualify four your red coat, your county has to go Over the Top by June 15. Got questions about our “Over the Top” program? Give Jessica a call at (334) 265-1867.

 

If you are a county president or secretary who did not receive your 2019-2020 leadership handbook at the May Board Meeting, please email Jessica to have your copy mailed today. It’s packed with officer and staff information and resources you need in your county such as an Regional Extension Agent map, a by-laws template, ACA merchandise and postcard service information and much more. Contact Jessica Kennedy today to get your copy sent the in mail!

 


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