Cowboy hats and boots will be the dress of the day in the Rocket City as cattlemen from all across the state attend the largest cattle event of the year. The 67th annual Alabama Cattlemen's Association Convention and Trade Show will be at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville February 12-13.

In what's shaping up to be a hot year for politics here in Alabama as well as in our nation's capital, the ACA Convention will feature speakers and forums designed to keep Alabamians abreast of what's coming up in Montgomery and Washington, D.C. The ACA's own 25-year veteran lobbyist Dr. Billy Powell will take the stage along with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Chief of Legislative Affairs Colin Woodall. The two will update participants on local and national legislation which stands to impact their family farms.

Not to be overshadowed for interest, a special highlight of the 67th Annual Convention will be a Gubernatorial Forum featuring Republican and Democratic candidates currently vying for state's top office. Multiple candidates from each party have already confirmed their intention to participate. This will give an excellent opportunity for all those interested in the race to come and meet the candidates in person.

With the current economic pressures constantly on the minds of cattlemen and farmers in Alabama, Duane Benz of CattleFax will be of particular interest as he addresses the Opening General Session Saturday morning. Duane will highlight the recent market fluctuations in prices for cattle, beef, and other commodities affecting the livestock industry. This expert analysis will help attendees draw information for making financial decisions as the year progresses.

“The convention is open to anyone interested in producing cattle. Five of the top six cattle producing counties in Alabama are in the Tennessee Valley and we expect a very large crowd. The social opportunities offered by this meeting and the chance to visit with vendors in the Trade Show will be worth the trip all by itself,” states Steve McDonald of Lineville, ACA President.

All those interested in attending the 2010 ACA Convention and Trade Show February 12-13 in Huntsville can download a registration form off the ACA's website, www.

The beef industry is the second largest segment of Alabama's farm economy representing a $2 billion industry with annual sales of cattle and calves exceeding $450 million. The Alabama Cattlemen's Association, founded in 1944, is one of the nations largest state cattlemen's association with an annual membership of 12,000.


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