The Alabama Farmers Federation Beef Division is composed of beef producers from throughout the state. The Beef Division represents farmers on a national, state and local level with committees in every Alabama county. Beef farmers who make up these committees come together at the local level and develop policies and program ideas to address their needs and concerns. Those policies are then discussed at the state level and may be transformed into state and national initiatives by the organization.
The Beef Division also provides premier educational opportunities that help cattle farmers stay up to date on the latest technology and business practices. Twice per year, cattle farmers can attend the Commodity Organizational Meeting or the Commodity Conference to learn from experts on the cattle business during seminars, workshops and field demonstrations.
Cash receipts for beef cattle production in Alabama ranks second in the state behind broilers. Cattle are produced in all 67 counties. The beef business represents a $524.5 million economic impact to Alabama.
The state ranks 17th in the nation among all states in beef cattle inventory with 651,000 cows that calved (as of 1/1/13), but only Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Kentucky have more beef cattle farms. This means Alabama ranks 8th in the U.S. in numbers of farms that produce cattle.
Alabama Farmers Federation Beef Division Director Nate Jaeger was the guest speaker for Agribusiness Now's Where's the Beef event Aug. 12 at the Enterprise Farmers Market. Jaeger discussed the market outlook for beef commodities and the importance of winter grazing. Breakfast was provided by Alfa Insurance agent Gabe Martin. Attendees also particpated in a meet-and-greet with Chris and Amanda King, the new owners of the Coffee County Stockyard.
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The Local Connection
Connect with others in your county County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Farmers Federation. Each county may establish its own Beef Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Beef Producers.