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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What’s Going On Wednesday: May 29, 2019

And just like that, May is heading to our rear view mirror, and it’s evident in those rising temperatures and that unforgiving humidity. Hello, summertime! Welcome to the season of hay baling, preparing feeder calves for market, managing forages and pesky weeds, fighting flies, endless mowing and the infinite job of keeping water troughs full. Each season comes with its challenges, but the cattleman breed is tough, full of grit and can take the heat. THANK YOU for your work. 

Speaking of work, your state ACA staff is always busy representing you and keeping association and checkoff programs on a roll. Keep reading to find out what’s happening at the ACA this week. 


 

 

hb 518 passes

Screenshot 2019-05-29 10.56.23ICYMI: House Bill 518— the association’s meat labeling bill— received final passage last Thursday morning, May 23. Special thank you’s are in store for Sen. David Sessions (R-Grand Bay) and Rep. Danny Crawford (R-Athens) for the support and sponsorship of this bill. The bill ensures that the definition of “meat” only applies to products sourced from livestock on farms and ranches and harvested through processing. It also clarifies that laboratory-grown products cannot be labeled as meat. “This is proactive legislation to ensure clarity in food labeling. Around the country, there are more and more companies trying to market lab-grown products as meat, which is misleading since they aren’t derived from actual livestock production,” Sessions said. “The passage of this bill is a win-win for the consumers who love to buy beef, and the cattlemen who work hard to produce a high-quality product,” ACA Executive VP Erin Beasley concluded.

 

House Bill 518 now goes to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk for her consideration.

Ag in the Classroom Summit

You won’t find ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell in Montgomery this week, nope! Ali is is helping with Alabama Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Summit in Florence, AL where over 90 ag teachers are in attendance to learn more about incorporating ag-related activities to the classroom and participating in farm tours across the northwest corner of Alabama. The workshops and tours are meant to enhance the learning environment in Alabama Ag classrooms and provide resources- including beef cattle swag- to teachers.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 8,187 members and counting! HELP US GET TO 10,000+!! 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!

 

 

Visiting Opp Stockyards

Screenshot 2019-05-29 10.55.38On Tuesday, ACA Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds headed south to visit Opp Stockyards. She is working with the goal of introducing herself to all of the yards in the state in an effort to build mutually beneficial relationships at each yard. Morgan delivered Opp their “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” sign and got to speak to the crowd. Be on the lookout for Morgan at your local yard, and be sure to say hi if you see her!

 

 

AJCA Board Meeting

This Friday, staffers, led by Morgan Pounds, will welcome the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Board of Director’s for a quick Board of Directors meeting. At the meeting, Morgan will have the opportunity to introduce herself and meet the juniors that serve in leadership roles. The board will prepare for the 2019 Round-Up and other upcoming AJCA events.

 

 

AJCA Round-Up and 4-H State Judging Contest

Speaking of Round-Up and other upcoming AJCA Events, we’ve got the AJCA_RoundUp_LogoOnly_19(2)scoop! 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 allllll 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!

 

Before the Round-Up, though, staffer Morgan Pounds is looking forward to attending the 2019 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest on Tuesday, June 18 at the Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit. Registration for the event closes THIS FRIDAY. To learn more and register, you can follow the links below.

  • Information Packet:  Click here
  • Entry for the Contest is at 4-H Online available at:  Click Here

 

 

Consumer E-Blast Hits Inboxes

Screen Shot 2019-05-29 at 10.58.41 AMA summer grilling consumer e-newsletter shipped out to over 10,000 inboxes on Friday just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, which also happens to be the kickoff of summer grilling season! This digital newsletter featured recipe collections, a doneness chart, rub and marinade inspiration, tips for delicious side dishes to serve alongside beef and a quick grilling guide. It also featured information on grilling provided by Registered Dietitian Elesha Ergle, whose summer grilling information can be found by clicking here. If you’d like a copy of the newsletter to share, email ACA Director of Social Media & Communications Kayla Greer.


 

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What’s Going On Wednesday: May 22, 2019

Who turned up the heat? Summertime didn’t dawdle this year as we head into a week of upper 90s and even the 1-0-0 for some of us in the southern part of the state. Don’t forget to stay cool, hydrated and use that sunscreen and hat! While you work in the hayfield, we’re in Montgomery holding down the fort. We’re coming off a BUSY week, but this freight train keeps on rollin’. Read more to find out what’s happening at the ACA this week.


 

YCLP Class VI Kicks Off

…And session one for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Class VI is a wrap. Last week was an exciting time in the association, not only because of the Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 11.47.02 AM
Board meeting, but because we kicked off the SIXTH class of the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP). This program, funded by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, is designed to develop young cattlemen ages 20-40 into future leaders for Alabama’s beef cattle industry. The 25 students of this class were introduced to the Board and explored the legislative world then headed to Frank Ellis Charolais for a farm tour followed by a social cook-out at Kick Back Ranch & Events Center in Ramer. The following morning started with leadership training led by Dr. Don Mulvaney followed by a trip to McLane-Garrett Cattle Company and a tour of the Cargill Feed Mill here in Montgomery. We’re excited for a big year with this impressive class of young leaders!

 

Members of Class VI are:

Eric Beck, Mobile County
Christopher Bell, Monroe
Taylor Brown, Chambers
Bradley Cox, Fayette
Amanda Engle, Franklin
Levi Gideons, Lee
Brian Gilliam, Shelby
Clay Jones, Bibb
Peter Kupfer, Mobile
Jessica Langford, Autauga
Amanda Lovelady, Talladega
Whit Lovelady, Talladega
Scott McElfrish, Fayette
William Monk, Dallas
Kendra Moravec, Mobile
Paul Moravec, Mobile
Darcey Richburg, Chilton
Paige Teague, Clay
Tray Thompson, Dale
Travis Tucker, Blount
Justin Waites, Clay
Kory Watt, Sumter
Logan Whatley, Montgomery
Aubree White, Limestone
Daniel White, Cullman

 

 

Stopping By Youth Events

60555285_2164515510332014_3048839318828220416_nNew to the staff at ACA, Director of Field Services Morgan Pounds wants to engage with youth at field days across the state. On Saturday, Morgan visited Blountsville, AL for the Alabama Santa Gertrudis Association Field Day & Show. Hats off to the Alabama Santa Gertrudis Association and Quail Valley Farms for hosting an excellent event. Morgan engaged in conversations with cattlemen throughout the day and enjoyed welcoming juniors to the field day and speaking to the audience about 2019 Round-Up.

 

On June 1 Morgan will head to Crenshaw County for the Belt Buckle Classic Summer Edition. This inaugural summer show have over 150 registrants and awards 15 buckles to the top 5 heifers, steers and showmanship competitors. We’re looking forward to a GREAT event!

 

 

Veteran Farmers Conference

This past Saturday, ACA staffer Ali Cantrell hosted a booth at the Veteran 60344967_1595027497299914_7058951898287570944_nFarmers Conference at Wallace State Community College. ACA provided a gold-level sponsorship for the event as well as resource materials to the attendees of the conference. Cullman County cattlemen provided a delicious lunch! Ali had the honor to talk with farmers who have served our country and are now stewards of the land as well. We tip our hat to those with a servant’s heart, especially as we head into Memorial Day weekend!

 

 

Legislative Update: The Countdown is On!

The legislature is continuing to run fast-paced as they tackle another three-day week with talks of four-days next week as they race to the finish of the session. As it stands today, they have eight days left to complete the session. Last night, the general fund budget passed out of the Senate and is headed to conference committee. The Education Trust Fund budget is in House committee this morning. Last night, the lottery bill was first up on the House calendar and died during the vote for the Budget Isolation Resolution (BIR). We will see where that goes from here. The labeling bill for the association (HB518) will be in committee today in the Senate. Once passed through committee, the remaining obstacle will be passage on the Senate floor.

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend

As we head into a weekend of memorializing those who gave their lives for our many freedoms, we pause to remember their sacrifice. We know this is not just a three-day weekend, a trip to the beach or a time for parties…but a time intended to honor the sacrifice so many have made protecting our homeland. Thank you to our military!

 

Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 11.55.16 AMIf you are spending a weekend with family by the pool, don’t forget to break out those burgers and fire up the grill. Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off to summer grilling season! Celebrate with a juicy burger, a sizzlin’ steak or fall-off-the-bone beef ribs.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 8,154 members and counting! HELP US GET TO 10,000+!! County secretaries, be sure to be submitting that information to the i4a membership software or here to our state office! Hopefully by now, you’ve input all the renewals that flooded your mailboxes from the renewal statements. Don’t forget, that Over the Top deadline of June 15 is drawing near quickly. CONGRATS are in store for Elmore and Montgomery counties who have already gone Over the Top. Great work!

 


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Fire Up the Grill

By Elesha Ergle, RDN

 

It’s May, and summer is on its way!  What better way to get your summer going than with some beef on the grill? While some take on grilling as an art form, others feel less comfortable with firing up the coals or lighting the grill.  If you’re a novice on the grill, not to worry…start simple, find some recipes and read up on your grill’s instructions.  If you’re looking for some great grilling tips, here are some from the pros at Weber.com to get you started. 

 

 

Best of Both Worlds

Love Pizza AND grilling? You can have the best of both worlds with these recipes for grilled pizzas that don’t leave your kitchen overheated. Say hello to this recipe for Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza that will be a hit with all the kids.  If you’re looking for a pizza with more of a BBQ flare, try this BBQ Beef Pizza on the grill. If your diet restrictions require gluten-free pizza crusts for your beefy creations, try this recipe for Gluten Free Pizza Dough for Grilling.

 

 

For the Love…of Burgers!

Most burger lovers have their requirements for the best cheeseburger to meet their tastes.  Many grillmasters have their own methods, and you may be hesitant to try cooking them on your own.  To make you feel more comfortable, here are some great grilling tips just for burgers. If you want some delicious recipe options for all kinds of burgers, go to Beef It’s What’s For Dinner to find the perfect match for your tastes.

 

 

Everybody’s Fave

Steak…the one word that gets everyone dreaming of those grates of greatness.  From ribeyes to sirloins and Delmonico’s to filet mignon, steak is the love language for all beef lovers. If you’re confused about the nutrition of steak, or think that because you have high cholesterol you shouldn’t eat steak, think again!  Did you know that most of the intramuscular fat (marbling) in beef is actually monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—the same “good” fats that are found in olive oil, nuts and avocados. These fats melt into the steak giving it more flavor and juiciness. Ribeyes contain the highest saturated fat content of the steak family, but still only having 4 grams per serving. If your taste buds do prefer a leaner steak, go for a filet or a sirloin. Keep this grilling chart handy for times and temperatures that meet all your beef grilling preferences.

 

 

Be sure to visit Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner for more information on grilling, beef safety, recipes and beef from pasture to plate; or from your Alexa or Google Home devices, ask Chuck any of your beefy questions.

 

Happy summertime and happy grilling!

What’s Going On Wednesday: May 8, 2019

The weather is heating up. Grills are heating up. The legislature is heating up. Hay cutting is heating up. Field days are heating up. Yep, all this heating up is a sure sign that summer is near! There’s all kinds of work to be done, and we’re busy doing it. Keep reading to learn what’s going on at the ACA this week, and as we’ll be meeting next week for our Spring Board of Directors meeting, we’ll talk again on the blog on Wednesday, May 22.


Bama’s Best Beef Contest Gets Competitive

websitehomepage_bbbeef_voting-01(2)It’s the final week of the 2019 Bama’s Best Beef contest, hosted on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page. We’re on the hunt for a delicious, well-loved dish served up at an Alabama restaurant or food truck, and our finalists have come down to the Beef Brisket at Smokin’ on the Boulevard in Florence and the Bourbonzola Brisket Burger at Roadside ‘Que in Fort Payne. Let us tell you, folks, it’s a nail-biter of a contest. Right now, only 10 votes separate these finalists from their fight for the title. Polling ends Thursday morning, and we’ll have a statewide announcement out by the afternoon. If you haven’t already, get on over to the Facebook page and submit your vote by clicking the photo of the dish that looks the tastiest to you! We’re excited to find out the results of this checkoff-funded contest that increases awareness of local restaurants and gets Alabamians excited for BEEF on social media!

 

 

Talkin’ Meat Labeling in the House

HB518, a meat labeling bill for the association, will be debated on the HouseScreen Shot 2019-03-27 at 2.04.55 PM floor this afternoon. If it passes, it will be sent upstairs to the Senate next week for committee action. The bill outlines that cell-cultured products cannot be labeled as meat in Alabama. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Danny Crawford and co-sponsored by Reps. Joe Lovvorn, Will Dismukes, Ralph Howard, Reid Ingram, Rodney Sullivan and Wes Kitchens. Stay tuned!

 

 

Proud to Host Congressman Mike Rogers

59429346_1585381204931210_6356665745425825792_oThis week we hosted Congressman Mike Rogers for a brunch at the Cattlemen’s building. This event draws several associations in Montgomery to attend as he provides an snapshot of the current events in Washington, D.C. ACA President Chris Langley was able to attend and visit with the Congressman.

 

 

County Field Days

59581198_2365852936968122_7100641140080115712_nIt’s a busy season…and one perfect for county field day events before the weather gets too steamy! This past weekend, staffer Kayla Greer enjoyed gathering with the Montgomery County Cattlemen’s Association for a farm tour of CK Cattle and Frank Turner & Sons farms. The group of 20+ enjoyed a day of learning about local farms’ beef cattle and forage programs! Meanwhile, ACA President Chris Langley visited the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association who also hosted an excellent field day with over 70 in attendance. Kayla Greer is also looking forward to spending this coming Saturday in Lee County for the chapter’s annual field day with an added bonus…a steak cook-off!!

Excellent job to all the counties who are putting on local events for its members and beyond. We’re proud of your work. If you’ve got one coming up, be sure to let us know about it by emailing Jessica Kennedy.

 

 

Spring Board of Directors Meeting

Board members, don’t forget next week’s Board meeting! We’ll meet at 10save the date a.m. on Thursday morning, May 16 to update you on association and checkoff news where Board members even get a sneak peak into the upcoming construction project of the The MOOseum. GET EXCITED! After lunch, we’ll head over to the State House to mingle with our legislators and learn more about the legislative process and get updated on current issues taking place. Don’t forget to RSVP to Jessica Kennedy…and don’t forget those cowboy hats, boots and iconic red coats!

 

 

YCLP Class IV Kicking Off

Next week is an exciting time in the association, not only because of the young-cattlemen-logo_websizedBoard meeting, but because we’ll be kicking off the SIXTH class of the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP). This program, funded by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff, is designed to develop young cattlemen ages 20-40 into future leaders for Alabama’s beef cattle industry. We meet throughout the year, learn about our many different leadership styles, discuss industry hot topics, encourage leadership growth and explore the industry from pasture to plate through farm tours, educational workshops and consumer events. We’re excited next week to kick off the class with the Board meeting, where the 25 students will be introduced to the Board and will explore the legislative world, followed by farm tours at Frank Ellis Charolais, McLane-Garrett Cattle Company and a tour of the Cargill Feed Mill here in Montgomery. We’ll also host a social on the evening of May 16 at Kick Back Ranch & Events Center for alumni of the program! It’s gonna be a great time. Be on the lookout for photos.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 7,836 members and counting! HELP US GET TO 10,000!! County secretaries, be sure to be submitting that information to the i4a membership software or here to our state office! Hopefully by now, you’ve input all the renewals that flooded your mailboxes from the renewal statements. Don’t forget, that Over the Top deadline of June 15 is drawing near quickly. CONGRATS are in store for Elmore and Montgomery counties who have already gone Over the Top. Great work!

 


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What’s Going On Wednesday: May 1, 2019

When, oh when, did it become May?! Weren’t we JUST ringing in the New Year? Wow, well we guess the old adage is true, “time flies when you’re having fun,” because we sure do have fun working for you fine folks. Speaking of working, keep reading to find out what we’re up to this week in Montgomery.


 

Alabama Bicentennial Day Celebration Briefing

Bicentennial-768x435ACA staffer Ali Cantrell attended a briefing on Alabama Bicentennial Day on Monday  to learn more about the upcoming festivities to come on December 13 -14. To celebrate Alabama’s 200 years of statehood, Montgomery will be hosting a parade on December 14 with 75 floats and entries showcasing Alabama history, counties, high school All-Star bands, Alabama notables, and the parade would not be complete without the beef truck and steer in tow! The rest of the day will host several celebrations, performances and demonstrations throughout downtown Montgomery including The MOOseum. Make it a point to come see us on December 14 and witness a wonderful chapter of history for the great state of Alabama!

 

Beef for Father’s Day Proclamation

Today the ACA and ACWA are heading to the Capitol Building to witness Gov. Kay Ivey sign the “Beef for Father’s Day” Proclamation. This is a annual tradition for the ACA to partner with ACWA to promote buying beef for the dad in your life on their special day. Let’s fire up the grill this coming Father’s day and treat those dads to a nice juicy steak!

 

 

HB518 in Committee

HB518, the association’s meat labeling bill addressing cell-cultured products, is in committee today The bill can be found here: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/ALISON/SearchableInstruments/2019RS/PrintFiles/HB518-int.pdf The Senate version will be dropped tomorrow by Sen. David Sessions.

 

 

Bama’s Best Beef: Brisket vs Ribeye Showdown

As a reminder, this year’s Bama’s Best Beef finalists are:Screenshot 2019-04-29 08.58.31

  • Smokin’ on the Boulevard (Florence) Beef Brisket
  • Roadside ‘Que (Fort Payne) Bourbonzola Brisket Burger
  • The Anatomy of Pi Food Truck (Jasper) Steak & Mushroom Pie
  • Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar (Birmingham) Spicy Coffee Rubbed Cowboy Ribeye

Last week’s Facebook poll challenge resulted in a win by Roadside ‘Que of Fort Payne, knocking out The Anatomy of Pi. This week’s Facebook poll challenge has the Beef Brisket from Smokin’ on the Boulevard going head-to-head with the Spicy Coffee-Rubbed Cowboy Ribeye, and so far, the brisket has got the lead! Next week’s poll challenge will put the two finalists in a dual where they’ll duke it out for the title! Head on over to the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page to participate in the voting!

 

 

Industry Meetings: ADEM & ADT

The ACA was a part of a quarterly stakeholder meeting at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). We stay engaged on land, water and air regulation as it pertains to the agricultural sector. We will also be involved in the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) working group meeting at the Department of Ag and Industries on Friday. The ACA is heavily involved in the changing landscape of animal identification and is a key partner to the state veterinarians office as conversations and action move forward on the topic.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 7,707 members and counting! County secretaries, be sure to be submitting that information to the i4a membership software or here to our state office! Hopefully by now, you’ve input all the renewals that flooded your mailboxes from the renewal statements. Board Members, be sure to save the date for our upcoming Board Meeting to be held Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. We’ll see you there!

 

 

Grilling Season & Consumer News

With May comes the kickoff of summer grilling season! Fire up those grills Screen Shot 2019-05-01 at 12.00.45 PMand throw down those steaks and burgers…yuuummmm. Also, throughout April we celebrated the bright, flavorful tastes of spring with savory springtime salads! Beef Checkoff Contract Dietician Elesha Ergle published a blog about the topic, and we blasted a consumer newsletter to over 10,000 inboxes with links to BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. Be sure to check out all the consumer communication pieces!

 

 

 


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Savory Springtime Salads

By Elesha Ergle, RDN
Photo: BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com

 

Baseball, softball, proms, and graduation invitations…all things that tell us that summer is about to be upon us.  Will your summer plans include a beach, cruise, mountains or hiking? Or will it be like a lot of us cattle farmers, life as usual…just a lot hotter? No matter what your summer plans are, you can include beef as a part of your healthy diet whether you are looking forward to swim suit season or just keeping it real around the farm.

 

Most people immediately think of salads when they think of healthy eating.  Salads can bring a variety of fruits and vegetables to our diets, but can also be deceiving by the amount of calories they pack in due to the addition of high-calorie items such as dressings, cheeses and high-fat meats. Pack your salads with lean beef to cut down on calories and ramp up the protein!

 

Sprout up your Salad
Check out this Four Seasons Beef and Brussel Sprouts Chopped Salad from Beef It’s What’s For Dinner.  There are several variations listed in the recipe, one that is sure to fit all your preferences, and at only 360 calories and 32 grams of protein per serving, you couldn’t ask for a better meal. The addition of nutrient-dense brussel sprouts is a great way to pack in extra vitamins and minerals!

 

Meat and Potatoes
Are you a self-proclaimed “meat and potatoes” person? How about turning that passion in to a salad?  Food Network’s Steak-and-Potato Salad is one to give a try.  Full of a variety of ingredients, but simple and easy.  Here’s a Warm Steak and Potato Salad  that might be the keeper for your family. Try something different with it and substitute your favorite salad greens instead of the mixed baby salad greens.

 

Taco Tuesday
On Taco Tuesday, you don’t always want a salad…try this Beef Confetti Taco Salad that has only 220 calories, 31 grams of protein and is certified by the American Heart Association as a Heart-Healthy Meal.  Delicious and easy to prepare, it is sure to be your new Taco Tuesday ritual!

 

Salad Tips
Remember to keep the variety going no matter what kinds of salads you enjoy.  Try different recipes and salad dressings to keep from getting “burned out” on the same things. Try dressing the entire salad and tossing it rather than taking a portion out on a plate and then adding the dressing.  You will find that you will use less dressing (thereby cutting down on calories) because the ingredients are more fully coated when tossed.

 

Not Sold on Salad
If you are just not sold on salads, or your body just cannot tolerate the roughage, no worries…it doesn’t mean you’re not healthy!  All food is fit, and you can get in your lean beef and vegetables in many other ways. Cook up your favorite lean beef recipe and add your favorite cooked vegetables as your sides.

 

For more information on beef nutrition, recipes and to learn more about beef from pasture to plate, visit www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.  On your Amazon or Google Home devices be sure to check out the new “Chuck Knows Beef” platform that can answer all your beef questions and look up quick recipes for you.

 

Happy Spring!!


 

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: April 24, 2019

Oh, happy day! The temps are warm. The grass is green, and grills are lit! It’s an exciting time of year as we sneak into the summer months and all that come with them. For now, we’ll enjoy the spring and hold tight to those cool, dewey mornings. While you enjoy those outside days, your state staff is inside on the grind as we plow through beef promotions, membership, producing a magazine and playing a watchdog role for you in the state house. Keep reading to learn more about what’s happening in our neck of the woods this week!


 

Bama’s Best Beef Competition Fires Up

We’re proud to announce this year’s Bama’s Best Beef finalists:

  • Smokin’ on the Boulevard (Florence) Beef Brisket
  • Roadside ‘Que (Fort Payne) Bourbonzola Brisket Burger
  • The Anatomy of Pi Food Truck (Jasper) Steak & Mushroom Pie
  • Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar (Birmingham) Spicy Coffee Rubbed Cowboy Ribeye

Screenshot 2019-04-24 08.30.36This week’s Facebook poll challenge has the Steak & Mushroom Pie going head-to-head with the Bourbonzola Brisket Burger, and so far, the burger has got the lead! Walker County folks- get voting! And great work to Jackson County fans on pushing your local dive so far to the lead! Next week’s contest will put our other two finalists in a dual…then the two winners will duke it out for the title! Head on over to the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page to participate in the voting!

 

 

BEEF 101 Spring Programs Wind Down

Last week, ACA hosted Trenholm University Culinary students in Auburn for a BEEF 101 and AJCA members, Chelsea and Chandler Langley, joined in as part of their Junior Pasture to Rail program. It was a successful day full of beef industry knowledge and hands-on experience with live cattle evaluation and fabrication of a beef carcass. Chelsea and Chandler have 10 head of cattle in the Junior Pasture to Rail program where they retain ownership of their cattle and learn how to market cattle on the grid. Throughout the time of the program, they are asked to attend educational programs that will explain the how their feeder calves are expected to perform in the feedlot and how they should manage their expenses and herd health. Great work, juniors!

 

 

Youth Production Field Day Postponed

Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 3.23.52 PMIt may come as no surprise to you- especially you parents out there- as kids these days are just busy! Due to so many spring activities lining up on top of each other here at the end of another school year, we decided it best to reschedule the Spring Youth Production Field Day scheduled for this Friday, April 26 in Atmore to a later date! Between important FFA eliminations, sporting events, a judging clinic and end-of-year activities, youth have too much on their calendars for now! We look forward to getting down to south Alabama for this field day later on in the year.

 

 

National Report in the Works

It is required each year that the Beef Checkoff publish a report of checkoff Checkoff_Funded by Beef Farmers and Ranchersactivities! Your state checkoff team is at work pulling numbers, putting our writing caps on and evaluating programs from 2018. After the report comes together, it will take a trip to Denver for design and approval then come back just in time for the June issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine. Be on the look out and get last year’s report in the palm of your hand!

 

 

Samford University Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board

ACA Director of Education & Outreach Ali Cantrell has been invited to be on the Samford University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board where she will be an integral part of the counseling body for the department. She will be traveling to Samford University on Thursday for the first Advisory Board meeting to learn more about her new role and advocate for the beef industry. Ali will provide advice, leadership and support for continued development of high-quality academic programs in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. We are excited about this new relationship with Samford University!

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

ACA logo- meme size copyThe membership count of the day is 7,544 members and counting! County secretaries, be sure to be submitting that information to the i4a membership software or here to our state office! Hopefully by now, renewals are flooding your mailboxes as renewal statements were sent in the past two weeks. Board Members, be sure to save the date for our upcoming Board Meeting to be held Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. We’ll see you there!

 

 

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