December 2021
Register Today - AAC Sporting Clays Shoot
This is going to be a BLAST! We're less than two weeks away from our first Sporting Clays Shoot and we couldn't be more excited. This fundraiser will be a fun way for AAC members to support the organization while networking with other members. Even if you aren't a "shooter," plan to come visit and have lunch. We look forward to seeing you there!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 9th (Close of business)

***We encourage you to bring your own ammo. But CMP will have some available for purchase if you are unable to do so. Prices are: 12-gauge - $9.50 and 20-gauge - $6.50***
AAC Foundation Board Visits Auburn Ag Scholarship Recipients
Supporting bright young folks today is an investment in tomorrow's agriculture’s success! For this reason the Alabama Agribusiness Council Foundation awards scholarships to students enrolled in agriculture at a four-year institution in Alabama.

This year, the Foundation awarded four $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in agriculture at Auburn University. In October, the Foundation board members and AAC executive director enjoyed dinner with three of our recipients.

Pictured below (from left) Front row: Lee Enfinger and Garrett Lomoro. Middle row: Board member James Harwell, Mason Belcher, and Executive Director Grace Ellis. Back Row: Board members Eddie Ingram and Tim Wood. (Not pictured: Alli Broom)
2021-2022 recipients are:
Alli Broom
Freshman
Goodwater, AL
Biosystems Engineering

Mason Belcher
Sophomore
Hope Hull, AL
Ag Engineering

Garrett Lomoro
Freshman
Dora, AL
Poultry Science

Lee Enfinger
Freshman
Midland City, AL
Ag Business and Economics
2022 Annual Meeting Making a Move
AAC is excited to announce the 2022 Annual Meeting is moving to a new location! Join us at the at The Island Hotel in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. on Monday, June 20 to Wednesday, June 22.

From spacious beachfront suites to multiple on-site dining options to a swim-up (or walk-up) Grotto bar, this newly remodeled resort will be a great home for our 2022 annual meeting.

This family friendly hotel is nestled on an ideal beachfront location walking distance from excellent shopping and dining options. And for the adventure-seekers, Wild Willies Adventure Zone is across the street. The Island offers live entertainment and even regular visits from their very own mermaid!
Click the Island Logo above to watch a video of our new venue!
New Online Payment Method
Many of you have asked to make payments online. Great news! We are again offering the option to make payments online to AAC.
The Auburn University College of Agriculture and Alabama Cooperative Extension System Farm and Agribusiness Management Team will hold its annual conference on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 10 AM - 3 PM. State and regional economic experts will discuss an array of agricultural activities relevant to Alabama while examining the current agricultural economic situation and the outlook for the year ahead. Beyond commodity discussions, topics will include policy, land, and agricultural finances. The event will include several opportunities for questions and answers.

Annual Alabama Agricultural Outlook Conference

Date & Time:
Tuesday, December 14th
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location:
Alabama Farmers Federation
2108 East South Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36116

Contact:
Adam Rabinowitz
adam.rabinowitz@auburn.edu
(334) 844-5620

AAC New Member Chonex is Finalist in AFBF Innovation Challenge
Alabama Agribusiness Council new member Michael Lynch is a top ten finalist in the American Farm Bureau [AFBF] Ag Innovation Challenge. Lynch's business Chonex, dba STRONGSOIL, develops high-value, organic fertilizer/bio-stimulant from poultry litter. The secret to the process? The black soldier fly larvae. The larvae consume the manure and then recycle it into an organic fertilizer with anti-fungal and microbial properties. STRONGSOIL is packaged into bags which growers use to brew a microbial tea that, when applied to fields, builds soil health, increases yields, and reduces the amount of chemical inputs needed.  

The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition that showcases U.S. startups developing innovative solutions that address challenges facing America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Launched in 2015, The Challenge was the first national business competition of its kind focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs.

Lynch and other finalists will compete in the last round of competition at the AFBF Convention in Atlanta, Ga. in January 2022 after a live pitch and networking event. If selected as the overall winner, STRONGSOIL will be awarded $50,000 in startup funds provided by sponsors Farm Credit, Bayer Crop Science, John Deere, Farm Bureau Bank and Microsoft.

Other awards include:
$20,000 will be awarded to the 2022 Ag Innovation Challenge Runner-Up
$15,000 will be awarded to two finalist teams
$10,000 will be awarded to six semi-finalist teams
Additional $5,000 to the People's Choice Team (chosen by public vote; all ten teams are eligible)
Alabama Agribusiness Council | alagribusiness.org