Membership As of May 31, 2013, your GCA membership totaled 5014, with 4274 regular, 136 associates and 604 junior members. Keep Asking your neighbors and friends through the summer months to become a GCA member! The benefits far out weigh the cost! JUNE is BEEF MONTH!!! GBB kicked of Beef Month with events in Atlanta and Floyd County on June 1st. If your chapter hasn’t already planned a beef month promotion event it’s not too late! We want to help you prepare a terrific Beef Month promotion for your community in June. Call the office for promotion ideas, recipe brochures, press releases, promotional items or tips on delivering the powerful and positive beef message. Look for GBB staff on TV in Macon and on the radio in Atlanta and Savannah. To keep up with all of the happenings – and to add your own event – visit the GBB Pinterest board for Beef Month or follow us on Facebook. GCA Summer Conference – Don’t Miss It! There’s something for everyone at the 2013 GCA Summer Conference July 26-28 in Callaway Gardens. If you miss the way GCA Convention “used to be” – you should definitely attend the Summer Conference. Enclosed is a full conference schedule and registration form or you can easily sign up today online at http://www.gabeef.org/gca/summerconference. Deadline for hotel reservations is June 25th! While we schedule plenty of fun activities and free time – we also have committee meetings that are open to all GCA members and feature
June 2013 informative speakers to help guide GCA policies and activities. The Yon Family from Ridge Spring, SC will present our keynote seminar sharing their experiences of developing a successful cattle operation “from scratch”! Bring the whole family! There is so much to do at Callaway Gardens – you’ll leave wishing you had another day to stay and play! The Young Producers Luncheon scheduled for Saturday. This is an effort to gather folks that are interested in participating as we develop a Young Producers group within GCA. Past National Cattlemen’s Young Producer’s Council Chairman, Ben Neale, from Tennessee will be sharing insights from his experiences. See the enclosed detailed schedule for other planned activities. Both Friday and Saturday evenings are a great way to unwind with great food, music and plenty of friends to share the experience with. OFFICIAL BOARD MEETING NOTICE: GCA President David Gazda has called a meeting of the Board of Directors for Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:15 AM at the Callaway Gardens Conference Center, Pine Mountain, Georgia. The purpose of the meeting will be to hear reports from GCA Committees and update GCA Policy to address current industry issues. Juniors Gear Up for Busy Summer Beef Industry Scholarship Challenge (BISC) is at the end of this month. We've got several teams signed up, but if a team is interested and missed the deadline, please give us a call at the office and we will try to work something out! GJCA is really
excited to take beef to Victory Lane this year! We are also looking for farms, businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring BISC and Field Day. A $100 donation or more gets your logo on the back of our shirts, and less than $100 is your name only. Any and every ounce of help is greatly appreciated! Junior Field Day will be held July 11 in Perry, and this year we want juniors to walk the Road to Stardom with us! We're holding a T-shirt design contest again this year, so please send us your ideas by June 25. Registration forms are attached and are due June 25 to get the early bird registration fee and shirt included in the price. It's going to be a great time and we hope you can join us! Last but not least, we're looking for outstanding juniors to take center stage as our officer team. Junior officer applications are due June 15 and are attached as well. Help us continue to grow this organization! GCA Headquarters Remodel Campaign Local chapters across the state are stepping up to help us reach our goal for the Building Remodel Campaign. So far the following local chapters have made donations: Piedmont, Jackson Co., Ben Hill-Irwin, Floyd Co., Red Carpet and Northeast GA. The chapters that have generated the most donations (including individual member donations) are Mid-Georgia & Piedmont. The chapter that raises the most money for the fundraiser will have the new “Beef Culinary Center” named in their honor. Here’s a recap of donation recognition levels: Individual - $250 or more will be recognized on plaque in office, $1000 or more may have a brand replica hung in boardroom; Corporate/Association – $1000 or more will receive recognition on plaque including logo; Chapter – chapter that raises most money for fundraiser will have “Beef Culinary Center” named in their honor;
ALL contributors will be recognized in the Georgia Cattleman magazine.
Region RoundUp Schedule Set The annual Region RoundUp gathering of local chapter leadership is set for the following dates and locations: August 13: Calhoun, GA, Gordon Co. Extension Office; August 20: Athens, GA, UGA Livestock Instructional Arena; August 27: Moultrie, GA, Colquitt County Extension Office; September 5: Lyons, GA, Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center; September 12: Perry, GA, Houston County Extension Office. All meetings will begin at 6 PM with supper provided. The RoundUp meetings have been some of the most impactful gatherings for our industry over the past several years. Tentative topics for this year’s meeting include a State Checkoff Update, Young Producers initiative report, legislative priority discussion and building remodel report. Representation from each chapter in the state is needed to attend a RoundUp meeting to help lay the groundwork for the coming year. Legislative Update The Farm Bill and Immigration Reform debates are heating up in Washington D.C. Farm Bill priorities for cattlemen – EQUIP, Disaster Relief, and Research funding have fared well through the committee process. Votes by the full House & Senate could prove more contentious. We continue to watch for HSUS and other antiagriculture groups to try and insert harmful language in the Bill. Most agriculture groups have united to support immigration reform that will improve the current H-2A guest worker program and provide for a much needed immigrant labor force that is safe and legal.