Welcome back! We hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving feast together and that beef found its way onto your table. Now, as we string the Christmas lights and put up the tree, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! December is usually a slower time around the office as we prepare to close the books on 2019 and are looking ahead to 2020. Our biggest agenda items include traveling to county annual meetings and sales and continuing to make preparations for our upcoming convention. With that said, keep reading to see what we’ve been up to this week!
2020 ACA CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW
Registration is now open for the 77th annual ACA Convention & Trade show to be held February 14-15 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Convention Center. What better way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day than to bring your darlin’ to our Friday night event, the Sweetheart Shindig? Not to mention all the fun and excitement around our General Sessions, featuring Donnell Brown of R.A. Brown Ranch and a CattleFax update, informative Cattlemen’s Colleges and Alabama’s biggest cattle industry trade show. We’ve also confirmed our Cattlemen’s Luncheon speaker, NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. Don’t miss this exciting event!
You can register online today and take advantage of those awesome Early Bird deals by visiting www.BamaBeef.org/Convention or you can call us at the office and we’ll take your registration by phone! Be sure to have your credit card handy and have an idea of what you and your’s would like to attend by checking out our mail-in form in the November issue of the Alabama Cattleman magazine.
Alabama Forage Conference & Other Stops Along the Way
This week staffer Morgan Pounds hit the road to visit north Alabama. On Monday, Morgan stopped by North West Alabama Livestock Auction for the weekly sale. She enjoyed visiting with the producers and buyers of northwest Alabama. Morgan County President Ray Ward and Vice President Walton Ashwander then joined her at Such-N-Such Burger in Decatur on Tuesday. While there, cattlemen and staff presented the restaurant with their finalist plaque for Bama’s Best Burger contest and enjoyed a tasty lunch, the Heart Attack Burger. Today, Morgan is at the Alabama Forage conference at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville. If you are at the conference, be sure to stop by our trade show booth and see her.
Celebrating Alabama’s 200th Birthday
Join us as we celebrate Alabama’s 200th year of statehood on Saturday, December 14 in downtown Montgomery! It will be a day packed with events all across the downtown area. Here at ACA, The MOOseum will be hosting its grand re-opening with tours, rodeo games in our parking lot, beef samples and plenty of photo opps with tractors and none other than Cowboy Santa! Events begin at 10 a.m. and they day will host tours at all of downtown’s historical sites, a parade, Gov. Ivey’s presentation of the new Bicentennial Park, food trucks, games, live music and all kinds of fun. Don’t miss out and join us here at The MOOseum!
Montgomery Area Food Bank Drop Off
Speaking of The MOOseum, we are also proud to be a Montgomery Area Food Bank Drop Off location this year! Our venue will host a barrel where you can drop off all kinds of non-perishable food items to help address food insecurity in the River Region. We appreciate any and all donations!
We closed out the 2019 membership year with 9,522 members and are excited to move into 2020 with the goal of 10,000! Let’s get there together. We’ve sent our first round of 2020 membership statements, and if they haven’t already, they’ll be hitting mailboxes soon! County secretaries should be on the lookout for those remittances and start inputting them into the i4a system! For questions or a refresher, don’t forget you can contact Jessica Kennedy here at our office or can visit www.BamaBeef.org/i4a for instructional videos.
As county annual meetings fire up and you need reports, shoot Jessica an email as she will generate what you need!
County Annual Meeting Calendar Full!
Speaking of county annual meetings, our state officers and staff are burning up the roads as we attend these funs nights of fellowship. This week alone, Ali Cantrell attended the Covington County Annual Meeting and will head north on Thursday to the Talladega County meeting. While she heads north on Thursday, staffer Kayla Greer will head south to attend the Lowndes County Annual Meeting, while Morgan Pounds heads up I-65 to Bibb County. The Dekalb County Cattlemen’s group will also be meeting this week on Thursday…and that’s just this week!! We enjoy getting out and about to visit with you guys, so if you haven’t already let us know about your upcoming meeting, email Jessica at our office!
ACA Hosts AISA All Stars
Each year in December, we look forward to the opportunity to host the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) All-Star Football players as they are in town for the big game! It’s no secret that a bunch of high school football players love beef, so it is always an excellent opportunity for us to power them up with a complete and nutritious protein before they hit the gridiron. While here, they will learn a little about the ACA and about the many benefits of beef. Special thanks to ACA Past President Jimmy Holliman for helping us facilitate this opportunity each year. Let us know if we should be on the lookout for your son or grandson!
Rodeo Ticket Sales Go Live Soon!
Boy, do we have a stocking stuffer for you! That’s right, just in time for Santa Claus to make his grand appearance in homes across Alabama, we’ll have 2020 SLE Rodeo tickets on sale just in case you need one last item! Gift the gift of rodeo to your loved ones this year and be on the lookout for tickets to go on sale to the public on December 15! Learn more about the show and stay updated with new announcements by visiting www.SLERodeo.com.