Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What's Going On Wednesday: July 20, 2016

It's an exciting week at the ACA as we are gearing up to welcome all of our AJCA Round-Up participants to town! It's going to be a hot one, but that won't stop these juniors and their elite show cattle. Come on our to the Round-Up to show your support of the future of Alabama' beef cattle industry. We'll be at Garett Coliseum's livestock barns and Tigue Arena all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

But for those of you who can't make it, here's a way to catch up with what's going on around the ACA this week. 

*Note: There will not be a Bama Beef Blog published next Wednesday, July 27 and the blog author will be at a conference learning how to write better!*



AJCA Round-Up Kicks Off Tomorrow!

It's no secret that the Round-Up is our main focus right now. This premier youth livestock development event kicks of tomorrow and will go through the hot weekend until Sunday. 

Over 140 youth and cattle will be joining us in Montgomery to participate in a market heifer, breeding heifer, steer or showmanship shows, as well as essay, public speaking, poster, ad design, career development, volleyball, record book keeping, livestock judging, team grooming, build a better burger and more. There's something for everybody at the Round-Up and all are encouraged to attend a support the future of Alabama's beef cattle industry. AJCA members can still sign up for contest's next week at the show. 

As we prepare for the weekend ahead, Madison and her AJCA Directors are hard a work with last-minute details. They're working on getting things set up for when all the juniors and cattle come to town. They're even working on getting plenty of fans and water bottles in place to keep cool. 

Don't forget your dollars when you head out to the show. We've got a Yeti cooler drawing happening that you don't want to miss out on! 


Alabama's Best Steak Kickoff

On Monday, the Alabama's Best Steak contest kicked off and has started with a bang. At only three days into the contest, we've raked in over 300 nominations and more than 230 Facebook likes! The nominations round will continue on through July 31 and will be follwed by the Elite 8 poll challenge. 

Past year's winners are hot in pursuit of a second victory, so submit your vote today! Click Here to Vote.


Staff Positions

Interviews are happening now for The MOOseum coordinator, and we are now taking resumes for the Director of Industry Relations and Youth Activities position. See below for more information:


Director of Industry Relations and Youth Activities

Responsibilities: This position involves working with the state’s beef cattle industry, representing the Association at producer meetings, cattle sales, county cattlemen chapter meetings, and agribusinesses events. The position will be the lead staffer for coordinating the Association’s junior cattlemen programs. The individual reports to the Executive Vice President and is responsible for the following but not limited to:
  • Work with the Executive VP in attending and serving as a spokesperson for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association at county and statewide cattle events
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with Auburn University faculty, Alabama Cooperative Extension System youth 4-H staff and Alabama FFA staff to enhance state livestock events for 4-H, FFA and AJCA members
  • Be the sounding board with cattle producers to help identify needs and then work to develop and publicize programs conducted by Alabama Cooperative Extension System staff that meets these needs.
  • Increase private treaty collections by properly communicating the value of the state checkoff and ways to submit funds when selling cattle directly off the farm
  • Work with county chapters in increasing AJCA membership and developing and coordinating activities for the members
  • Attend cattle sales throughout the state, represent the Alabama Cattleman; sell advertising and promote membership (both individual and associate)
  • Identify and recruit young producers (20-40 years of age) to participate in the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership program
  • Develop ways to increase sales of the “Cowboy” vanity tag and consequently increasing the number of college scholarships awarded annually.
  • Maintain a working relationship with stockyards in Alabama, enhancing communication about the beef checkoff program
  • Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of the beef cattle industry
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Animal Science or related field
  • Excellent leadership and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and complete basic office work
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong work ethic, self-starter
  • Team Player
  • Success in coordinating and carrying out projects in a timely manner
  • Sales experience preferred

Send resumes to Martha Davis


Nicky and Kayla Take Flight

Magazine and social media staffers Kayla Greer and Nicky Bechard are heading to the "Gateway to the West" Sunday-Wednesday to attend the Ag Media Summit. At this conference the duo take classes on ways to enhance magazine production, photography, article writing and social media. They'll be going with some of the other top ag communicators in the state. 


Beef Girl + Alabama Grocer's Association

ACA Director of Checkoff Programs Erin Beasley will be attending the Alabama Grocer’s Association annual convention on Tuesday, July 26 to interact with independent grocers and attend an educational session on new meat laws going into effect this year for retailers. On Wednesday, she will be attending a meeting at Buckhead Beef in Atlanta to give a cattle market update and discuss foodservice checkoff programs with Sysco operators from five Southeastern states.



August Board Meeting

Board members don't forget to mark your calendars for the August 11 Board Meeting to be held at the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. It's going to be a great meeting including the unveiling of the new website (hopefully!), membership prizes and the John Deere Gator drawing. Don't miss it!


Alabama Cattleman Magazine

The August magazine is well into production. Staff have been working to submit content, images and advertising. Be watching for your copy in the mail in early August!


Alabama FFA Foundation

ACA Executive VP Dr. Billy Powell met Wednesday with Alabama Farmer's Federation's Paul Pinyan about the new FFA mentoring program, managed by the Alabama FFA Foundation. This program will match past FFA advisors with new agriscience teachers in an effort to strengthen the agricultural heritage of the curriculum. It's no secret today that there's a shortage of ag teachers in the state, so non-agriscience teachers are now teaching agriculture in high schools. This mentoring program will help bridge the gap and be a fountain of advice for new teachers from tried-and-true professionals. 


Fun Facts

  • Member number as of Wednesday, July 20- 11,130
  • The ACA Facebook page has reached 9,000 likes! Now, let's make it 10,000.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What's Going On Wednesday: July 13, 2016

It's a busy week for each staff member as we're all busy at our desks working on the many projects the ACA has coming up soon. Whether it's Round-Up, beef promotion, the new website or the magazine, we're all busy with one porject...or five! Stay tuned for all the exciting events and upgrades headed toward the ACA soon, and sit back for a minute to enjoy learning about what's going on around the ACA this week. 


AJCA Round-Up

It's almost time! One week from tomorrow will bring the excitement of the 10th annual AJCA Round-Up. Over 140 youth and cattle will be joining in Montgomery next week for the beef cattle industry's premier youth development program. 

Not only will these youngsters be participating in a market heifer, breeding heifer, steer or showmanship show, but they'll also have the opportunity to show their many talents in essay, public speaking, poster, ad design, career development, volleyball, record book keeping, livestock judging, team grooming, build a better burger and more. There's something for everybody at the Round-Up and all are encouraged to attend a support the future of Alabama's beef cattle industry. AJCA members can still sign up for contest's next week at the show. 

Can't attend but still want to show your support? Be a sponsor by contacting AJCA Round-Up Coordinator Madison Tew today. Here's the different sponsorship levels can get you:
  • Event Sponsor - $5000+ 
    • Opportunity to sponsor a meal (contact Madison for details) and address the group 
    • Full-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Platinum Sponsor - $1000 - $4999 
    • Opportunity to sponsor a meal (contact Madison for details) and address the group 
    • Full-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Award Sponsor - $500 - $999 
    • Full-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Contest / Show Sponsor - $250 - $499 
    • Half-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • AJCA Roundup Patron - $100 - $249 
    • Names will be listed on a banner titled AJCA Roundup Patrons 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Friend of the AJCA Roundup –up to $99 
    • Names will be listed on a banner titled Friends of the AJCA Roundup 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program
Mail sponsorships to:

Alabama Junior Cattlemen's Association
201 S. Bainbridge St
Montgomery, AL 36104


Staff Announcements

It's been an exciting week at the ACA as it was announced that The MOOseum Coordinator Jessica Kennedy will be taking over as Membership Secretary, effective immediately! Call her for your membership needs today! 

ACA leadership is interviewing for a replacement for the important downstairs position this week. Also, the position announcement for the Director of Industry Relations and Youth Programs has been finalized and will be released on July 22nd.
 


Membership/Notes for Board Members

Board Members, check your mailboxes soon as we will be sending out a memo to the ACA Board of Directors with a formal announcement of the August 11 Board meeting to be held in Auburn. Save the date- we can't wait to see you there!

We are also working on plans for a series of six training sessions for ACA County Chapter officers which will be held throughout the state in late August-early September. These training sessions will be very important resources to county officers as we will go in-depth about how to submit membership, so your members stay current. Stay tuned! 



Calling All Advertisers

ATTENTION SIMMENTAL BREEDERS: We are still trying to get enough ads in to our office to feature the Simmental breed in August Alabama Cattleman magazine. The deadline to advertise has been extended until MONDAY, JULY 18 so contact Nicky Bechard today by calling (334) 265-1867.



NCBA Summer Meeting

It's a busy week as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association summer meeting takes place in Denver this week.  Donna Jo Curtis, Jimmy Holliman and Max Bozeman are in Denver representing Alabama cattle producers in both the policy and checkoff discussions. on their respective boards. So far the trio has aided in the reviewing the committee agendas and read dozens of proposed resolutions ranging from futures trading and stockyards to private property rights and animal health. 


Beef 101

On Friday, Director of Checkoff Porgams Erin Beasley will be pleased to host Wood Fruitticher salesmen and women in their first-ever Beef 101. Forty-five salesman and district managers will be joining us in Auburn to learn all about beef from pasture to plate. 


Aspire

Today, ACA Director of Checkoff Programs Erin Beasley will be in Columbiana with 45 teenagers at Aspire, a rural youth development program. She will be teaching them about ACA, the AJCA, scholarships and playing a little game of Beef Jeopardy!  


The New BamaBeef.org

ACA's Director of Social Media and Communications Kayla Greer is glued to the computer screen these days as the launch date of the new ACA website (www.bamabeef.org) is getting close. Kayla is at about 70 percent completion on building the website's informational pages and approved the website design this week! Spoiler alert- it looks great! 

Big things are coming to the ACA on the digital front, and we are excited to show you on August 11. 



Garrett Coliseum

ACA Executive Vice President Dr. Billy Powell met with Ag Commissioner John McMillan and Garrett Coliseum staff to discuss ways to improve use of the facilities by various livestock groups. the duo is also getting prices on constructing a shed to cover the dirt so it will be dry for horse shows and the rodeo.


Gear Up for Alabama's Best Steak

It's that time again already. The Alabama's Best Steak contest kicks off this coming Monday and will culminate with one lucky winner to be announced a the kickoff of October Beef Month! You'll notice some changes to this year's competition as it will be driven by the power of Facebook, so stay tuned and get ready to submit your nominations! 


Fall Armyworms in Alabama

Dry, hot weather creates the perfect environment for fall
armyworms, and they have already struck several Alabama counties, including Mobile and Lowndes and now Hale. Keep watch with this map from Alabama Extension Specialist Dr. Kathy Flanders and be proactive in surveying your pasture land. If armyworms are a problem in your area, contact your local county Extension office.


The MOOseum

The Mooseum stays busy in the summertime with children who are out of school and looking to stay cool. We've even got teachers already calling to book their school year tours as summer break begins to wind down. 
Our children's educational center is the perfect place to for children to come learn and play! 

Speaking of The MOOseum, your state staff has promised you a renovation and is working daily on those upgrades. We hope to have production started on that by end of summer. 


Upcoming Events

  • Aug. 3 at 7p.m.- Producers Feeder Calf Sale
    • Autaugaville, AL
    • Will Howard Smith Agricultural Center
    • 2,550 head of feeder calves to be sold
  • Aug. 4-5: Deep South Stocker Conference
  • Aug. 13- Beef Cattle Conference


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What's Going On Wednesday: July 6, 2016

Happy July! We hope you had a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend and are staying cool in this thick, Alabama heat. 

July means business here at the ACA, and your state staff is busy jumping on the newest projects in preparation for the end of summer and start of fall. Some of those projects include the AJCA Round-Up, Beef 101's, website launch and August Board Meeting preparations. Take a break for just a minute to catch up with what's going on around the ACA this week. 



Membership

The membership number of the day is 11,092.  We are busy preparing for the August Board Meeting by acquiring prizes for the Top Hand Club and Over the Top awards. We had 16 counties go Over the Top and 27 individuals who recruited five or more new members to make it into the Top Hand Club.

Board Members: Be sure to save the date for the upcoming Board Meeting to be held August 11 in Auburn. Keep watch in your inbox for more information during the next month. 



AJCA Round-Up

Registration for the 10th annual AJCA Round-Up is now closed, and we will have 140 Junior Cattlemen joining us in Montgomery July 21-24 for the state's premier youth livestock development competition. Not only will these youngsters be participating in a market heifer, breeding heifer, steer or showmanship show, but they'll also have the opportunity to show their many talents in essay, public speaking, poster, ad design, career development, volleyball, record book keeping, livestock judging, team grooming, build a better burger and more. There's something for everybody at the Round-Up and all are encouraged to attend a support the future of Alabama's beef cattle industry.

Can't attend but still want to show your support? Be a sponsor by contacting AJCA Round-Up Coordinator Madison Tew today. Here's the different sponsorship levels can get you:
  • Event Sponsor - $5000+ 
    • Opportunity to sponsor a meal (contact Madison for details) and address the group 
    • Full-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Platinum Sponsor - $1000 - $4999 
    • Opportunity to sponsor a meal (contact Madison for details) and address the group 
    • Full-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Award Sponsor - $500 - $999 
    • Full-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Contest / Show Sponsor - $250 - $499 
    • Half-sized banner with logo placed ringside 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • AJCA Roundup Patron - $100 - $249 
    • Names will be listed on a banner titled AJCA Roundup Patrons 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program 
    • Name listed in the Alabama Cattleman magazine
  • Friend of the AJCA Roundup –up to $99 
    • Names will be listed on a banner titled Friends of the AJCA Roundup 
    • Name announced throughout show and listed in show program



Beef 101 Friday

Friday will be a big day at Auburn's Lambert-Powell Meat Lab as a large group takes over for Beef 101. ACA's Director of Checkoff Programs Erin Beasley will be leading a group of 20 Agriscience and FACS teachers, eight Extension staffers and the YCLP Class III in a pasture-to-plate lesson. Stay tuned for pictures on the ACA Facebook page




The New BamaBeef.org

ACA's Director of Social Media and Communications Kayla Greer is glued to the computer screen these days as the launch date of the new ACA website (www.bamabeef.org) is getting close. Kayla is at about 50 percent completion on building the website's informational pages and was excited to send off final edits on the website's design this week. 

Big things are coming to the ACA on the digital front, and we are excited to show you on August 11. 




Meeting with ALEA

ACA's Executive Vice President Dr. Billy Powell met with Jay Whitehead and Scott Lee, supervisor for the Ag and Rural Crime Unit with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) for an update on livestock and farm equipment thefts and to listen to their concerns on several outdated laws impeding livestock investigations. Two areas in the Code of Alabama that need updating are fencing laws and regulations regarding stray livestock. The ACA will work with the Ag Coalition on these two issues.




Gear Up for Alabama's Best Steak

It's that time again already. The Alabama's Best Steak contest kicks off July 18 and will culminate with one lucky winner to be announced a the kickoff of October Beef Month! You'll notice some changes to this year's competition as it will be driven by the power of Facebook, so stay tuned and get ready to submit your nominations! 



Vacant Staff Update

Job descriptions for the two vacant staff positions are being updated, and interviews for those positions will begin as soon as possible. Stay tuned for some new faces in the ACA office. 


Working with Universities 

Dr. Powell has held several meetings and phone calls with our partners at Auburn and with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to discuss plans for several beef cattle programs coming up this Fall. Speaking of colleges, the accounting team and scholarship coordinator are sending various colleges and universities Alabama Cattlemen Foundation checks for the "Tagged for Greatness" and family scholarships as students are preparing for college this fall.


The MOOseum

The Mooseum stays busy in the summertime with children who are out of school and looking to stay cool. Our children's educational center is the perfect place to for children to come learn and play when it's 100 degrees outside! Just this week, we've got five tour groups scheduled to attend and countless walk-ins have already stopped by for fun and photo ops. 

Speaking of The MOOseum, your state staff has promised you a renovation and is working daily on those upgrades. We hope to have production started on that by end of summer. 



Fall Armyworms in Alabama

Dry, hot weather creates the perfect environment for fall
armyworms, and they have already struck a couple of Alabama counties, including Mobile and Lowndes. Keep watch with this map from Alabama Extension Specialist Dr. Kathy Flanders and be proactive in surveying your pasture land. If armyworms are a problem in your area, contact your local county Extension office.


Looking Ahead...

Next week Donna Jo Curtis, Jimmy Holliman and Max Bozeman will represent ACA at the Mid-Year Cattle Industry Meeting in Denver. Donna Jo is completing her third year on the NCBA Executive Committee representing the Federation. Max is finishing his third year representing ACA on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. and Jimmy Holliman is incoming chair of the NCBA Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee.


Upcoming Cattle Conferences

  • Aug. 4-5: Deep South Stocker Conference
  • Aug. 13- Beef Cattle Conference


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's Going On Wednesday: June 29, 2016

We may sound like a broken record from the past couple of months, but where in the world did June go? It feels like just yesterday, we were welcoming June, summertime grilling and Beef for Father's Day. Now we are gearing up for the Fourth of July, the AJCA Round-Up, Alabama's Best Steak, Beef 101 programs and pretty soon, back to school season. 

Time flies when you're having fun, and your ACA staff has had a busy summer thus far with some big projects leading the way. This week is no exception to the crazy calendar, so take a break from that sweltering Alabama sunshine to enjoy finding out what's going on this week at the ACA. 


Tasting the Tot Roast

The time has finally come for the Bama's Best Beef plaque presentation. On Tuesday, contest coordinators Erin Beasley and Kayla Greer will met ACA Vice President Jack Batts and Madison County Cattlemen's Vice President Don Lyles to join in congratulating West End Grill's owners, kitchen and wait staff on an outstanding showing in the inaugural Bama's Best Beef contest. 

While there, the ACA will host a media conference and plaque presentation, as well as try out that delicious, beefy Tot Roast. Stay tuned for updates on if it passes the Beef Girl's muster. 



Lawson State Culinary School Visit

This morning, the Beef Girl is in Birmingham as Lawson State
Culinary School will be learning all about beef from pasture to plate. This school recently started working with the ACA to enhance their beef education by participating in BEEF 101 this past spring. After the course this week, we will begin planning a farm tour in the fall.




AJCA Round-Up

Save the dates and sign up today. The 10th annual AJCA Round-Up will be held July 21-24 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. It's a busy week for Round-Up Coordinator Madison Tew as she is getting ready to close down registration and director application for the year, so get your submissions in by July 1 because we'd sure hate to not see you there. 

Madison is also busy working on sponsorships this week to help fund the show! All county cattlemen chapters are encouraged to sponsor the state's premier livestock youth development event. For questions or to submit a sponsorship, email Madison or call (334) 265-1867. 



A Stop to See Chef D

On the way up to visit West End Grill on Tuesday, ACA's Erin Beasley and Kayla Greer made a stop by Drake State Culinary School to visit Chef Darrell Echols. "Chef D" will be making a special appearance in The MOOseum renovation, and these two staffers are making it happen! Be looking to find this beef-loving chef in Slim's Kitchen...



Alabama Cattleman July Issue

The magazine staff here in the office are typing and designing away this week as the July magazine is about ready to head to press. Final article submissions, pictures, advertisements and edits are being added in preparation to send to over 16,000 people in the state of Alabama. 

Who's ready for the July issue? Be looking for it to hit your mailbox around July 10. 



Fourth of July Holiday

We would like to take advantage of this online platform to note that the ACA will be closed Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4 in observance of  Independence Day weekend. We encourage all to celebrate America, enjoy time with friends and family and eat beef!
  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's Going On Wednesday: June 22, 2016

It's officially summertime in Alabama. 
Even though it's felt like it for two months now, the pop-up thunderstorms, high humidity and ridiculous heat indexes have verified its arrival. We hope our cattlemen are staying cool out in the hay fields and while keeping up with everyday tasks on the farm. We urge you to remember to dangers of the Sun and high heat, so don't push it out there! Grad your cowboy hat, water cooler and take a quick breather while you find out what's going on this week at the ACA. 


Executive Committee and ACF Joint Meeting

Tuesday was an eventful day for the ACA staff, Executive Committee and Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation board as they met to discuss ACA/ACF programs Tuesday. The group gathered at Sysco Central Alabama located in Calera to meet, learn and enjoy a delicious, beefy meal prepared by Sysco's Chef James.

While at Sysco, the group of 18 ACA leaders toured the loading docks and were floored at the organization of a distribution system that is firmly dedicated to three major branches of food safety- traceability, sustainability and cold storage integrity. A system of codes and wearable technology used by Sysco ensures proper handling to guarantee safe, quality food upon delivery. As cattlemen, we appreciate the highest level of integrity used in handling our prized product. Thanks, Sysco! 

This was an important meeting as the group disucussed a few major topics relating to the ACA and ACF. The discussion points of the day were:
  • Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation scholarships
  • Cowboy Tag Sales
  • Increasing AJCA Chapters in the state
  • How to Increase Private Treaty Sale Checkoff payment
  • and Membership, including the new Associate Membership
Good discussion and brainstorming will leave the ACA staff busy as we begin to take that feedback and develop programs of work. Some of those new programs of work will be announced at the August Board Meeting. 


Alabama Cattlemen's Foundation Scholarships 

One of the topics was scholarships at yesterday's meeting, and the ACF Board is proud to announce the creation of three new scholarships for the upcoming school year. Stay tuned for more information! 

The ACF Board also reflected over the past 20 years of scholarship funding by Cowboy Tag sales and voted to honor two men who helped get this tradition started. The ACF Board is pleased to say that at the 2017 Scholarship Banquet, two "Tagged for Greatness" scholarships will be given under the names of Representative Curtis Smith (Colbert County) and Senator Bobby Denton (Chilton County), the Alabama leaders who were instrumental in getting the Cowboy Tag passed into law, in appreciation of their service. 

Be on the lookout for scholarship applications to come out in October! 


AJCA Round-Up

The 10th annual AJCA Round-Up will be here before you know it! Just think, one month from today, we'll all be enjoying the events and contests at Garrett Coliseum. 

All the information you need for this year's show is available on our website, including links to registration! Don't forget, you must be a paid AJCA member in order to compete in the Round-Up. Join Today

Learn more, sign up and get ready for the 10th annual AJCA Round-Up to be held July 21-24 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. We can't wait to see all our favorite Juniors, and they'll want to be there because Round-Up Coordinator Madison Tew has ordered some amazing prizes and it working daily on all the details associated with this year's show! 


BamaBeef.org - Under Construction!

The new BamaBeef.org is OFFICIALLY under construction with a completion date set for August 11. 



Get excited as this new streamlined website will offer all the user-friendly functions of a modern site with a good, old-fashioned look! The plan is for it to become your #1 resource to anything related to Alabama's Beef Cattle Industry. 
While ACA's newest webmaster Kayla Greer has been busy in online training and generating the website's content, the website design team has been working on completing the overall look of the site. We are excited to see what they've come up with as we are expecting those to hit our inbox any second. Stay tuned as training continues and we get closer to our launch date! 




Western Supermarket Meets the Beef Girl

On Thursday, ACA's Erin Beasley will be judging all seven of the Western Supermarkets stores in the Birmingham area for a current summer grilling promotion. Each store will be judged on decoration, meat case display and safety/cleanliness in the cutting room. At the end of the promotion, tonnage increase for each store will be factored into the overall winner of the promotion.


The MOOseum


The MOOseum is buzzing with activity from summer camps and day cares! We've got groups coming by to learn and play daily. 



Learn about beef cattle, sit on saddles, play in Cowboy Slim's kitchen and dress up like a rough-and-tumble cowboy for the afternoon. 

Book a tour for groups or just walk on in for individual families. We are located at 201 S. Bainbridge Street Montgomery, AL 36104. Got questions? Call 265-1867 or email Jessica.

Speaking of The MOOseum, big plans are in the works for renovation, and we mean it! Dr. Billy Powell, Erin Beasley and Kayla Greer are working this week to make renovation plans and edits. Get ready for the same, great children's center with a fresh face! 



Membership Report


The membership number of the day is 11,052 members of the ACA! We reached 11,000, and plans for 2017 Membership promotion were discussed at Tuesday's Executive Committee meeting. These plans included county officer training from the state staff at regional meetings to be held in the fall, so wait to hear more from that! We're here to help. Call us if you need anything! 

Also, Don't forget our John Deere Gator drawing sponsored by John Deere, SunSouth, Tri-Green Equipment and Snead Ag. For every new member you recruit, your name and the new member's name will go in the drawing. ACA members also have the opportunity to purchase more chances to win by calling ACA at 334-265-1867.



Junior Beef Expo

Thursday will bring a meeting to finalize plans for the 2017 Junior Beef Expo. Attending this meeting will be represenatives from the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama FFA and Auburn University. 

Stay tuned and get excited for next year's state show!