The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors is responsible for the managing the affairs of the association including membership and policy process. This board is a large body made up of the state’s 67 county chapter presidents, the past presidents of the association and the association’s honorary lifetime directors. The board also includes 12 regional vice presidents, four of which are appointed each year to serve a three-year term. The board also includes the association’s state officers which are president, president-elect, vice president, treasurer and executive vice president. The association’s Executive Committee includes the state officers, the four outgoing regional vice presidents, the immediate past president and three former state presidents.
Individuals join the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association by joining their county cattlemen’s chapter. Those living outside Alabama or wishing not to join a county chapter can simply join as state members. County chapters retain 1/3 of dues revenue for in-county use and the remainder is used as the state level for member services and a $2 contribution to the BEEF Political Action Committee (PAC). Cattle ownership is not required to join the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.
This simple and straight-forward approach to the organization’s structure has been the strength of the association over the years with many county chapters going above and beyond in their local communities through volunteer work and community service. Some of ACA’s county chapters have recorded over 800 members with many chapters currently posting membership rolls over the 400 mark.
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association also serves as the qualified State Beef Council in Alabama with representation on the NCBA Federation of State Beef Councils. Each year, the Beef Checkoff Council approves in-state budgets for the National and State Beef Checkoff programs. To learn more about the Beef Checkoff Council, click here.