March FCW Report

FCW President Michelle Grimmer

I wanted to remind everyone about the upcoming Legislative Quarterly meeting coming up in a few weeks (March 13 – 15) in Tallahassee. I cannot stress enough how important this meeting is as the primary focus of this meeting is for Cattlemen and Cattlewomen to meet personally with every State Senator and Representative to discuss issues in legislation that have a direct or indirect effect on our industry. We are the face of our industry and it’s important that we utilize opportunities like this and take the time to let our legislators know how proposed changes could potentially affect us, our businesses and our families. Believe it or not, they do value the opinion of their constituents. Just a reminder that this year we have a new host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn. I really hope to see many of you at this meeting.
I’m sure that the majority of you have heard by now that, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to change the location of the FCA Annual Convention. Our new convention location is the Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This is an excellent facility where all rooms have been recently renovated; there are a number of modern lounges and restaurants, a huge pool area that boasts both a lazy river and a massive walk up bar area. It is in close proximity to golf, off-site steak houses, and many other nighttime entertainments. Lodging is $160 per night and you can reserve your room by calling (407) 827-2727. We are sure to have a great time, as we always do at convention!

The FCW is again participating in the Savage Race events in Dade City this year. The past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to get into the grocery stores to do demos allowing us the opportunity to talk with consumers, so we have had to find creative ways to get to those consumers. These events are a perfect opportunity for us to speak face to face with those health-conscious millennials that tend to lean toward other meat sources for their protein. With over 15,000 consumers attending these events, we really have the potential to make an impact and promote our product – BEEF! During the 2 day events, we set up a booth, pass out samples of beef, talk with consumers and educate them about the nutritional benefits of including beef in their healthy living diets – especially when they are training for athletic events such as the Savage Race. Our first event is scheduled at the Everglades Ranch in Dade City on March 18th & 19th. We would love to have some of you join us to cook and talk with consumers as they come to our booth – or better yet be a participant on Team Beef! If you’re interested in helping, please contact Reyna Hallworth at ReynaHallworth@gmail.com. Who better than us to talk to consumers and share our story – come on out and help us promote beef!

The UF Gator Collegiate CattleWomen are hosting their annual fundraiser the “Beef Dinner” on April 8th at the Holloway Touchdown Terrace in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. This dinner serves as the main fundraiser to support the GCCW’s activities such as ranch tours, FCA Convention attendance and philanthropic efforts. For more information about sponsoring or attending this event, contact GCCW’s President, Samantha Dailey at sjdailey@ufl.edu.

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the ANCW and NCBA meetings at the NCBA Convention in Nashville. If you have never been to a national convention, put it on your bucket list. The week was jam-packed with informative meetings about everything pertaining to the cattle industry – beef check-off, beef promotion, animal health, political action, forage, traceability, membership, environmental stewardship, and the list goes on and on. Not to mention the awesome guest speakers, phenomenal trade show and outstanding entertainment that NCBA plans every year!

For those FCW members who are not members of ANCW, I encourage you to join and become involved with our national organization. Members that already belong to ANCW, just a reminder that the due date for ANCW dues changed and they are due by October 1st every year, so if you have not paid since October 1st your dues became delinquent December 31st and now is the time to renew. According to the most recent information sent to me by ANCW, two thirds (2/3) of the Florida members have not yet renewed their dues. There is going to be an ANCW Region II meeting in Auburn, Alabama pm April 28 – 30 and it would be wonderful if Florida had an awesome number of ladies present at the meeting! ANCW continues to grow their Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program, the program that took the place of the National Beef Ambassador Program. This program connects collegiate advocates to the beef industry allowing them to strengthen their leadership skills and become champion advocates for the beef industry. I encourage all counties to share this information with their collegiate cattlewomen as this is an opportunity for them to be exposed to the industry on a national level with the potential to earn a $2000.00 scholarship. For more information, visit the website at https://ancw.org/programs/collegiate-beef-advocacy-program.

As always, I would love to attend your county meetings and events, so please contact me with information about any upcoming dates!

Michelle

SAVE THE DATE
Legislative Quarterly:
March 13-15, Tallahassee, FL
Gator Collegiate CattleWomen Beef Dinner:
April 8, Gainesville, FL
ANCW Region II Meeting:
April 28-30, Auburn, AL
FCA Annual Convention:
June 20-22, Orlando, FL
Cattle Industry Summer Conference:
July 12 – 15, Denver, CO

 


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