Our senses seem to delight at the summertime sight, sound and aroma of sizzling steak on the grill. And one of the best places to enjoy this delight is at the Indiana Beef Cattle Association’s (IBCA) food booth at the Indiana State Fair. This booth is only one of many ways the Association and the complimenting Indiana Beef Council (IBC) support Hoosiers.
Since 1974, IBCA, a group of individuals, beef producers and affiliated interests, works closely with the Purdue Extension to sustain a high quality of farm life while improving the profit opportunities for all segments of the Indiana beef industry. The IBC, on the other hand, provides consumer education, promotion and research activities to beef producers, fosters a sense of commitment to the industry and nurtures leadership experience within its junior cattle organization.
The IBC is especially proud of its Hoosier Beef Congress (HBC), the largest prospect cattle show in the United States. It is open to juniors, between the ages of eight and twenty-one, and is designed to help develop a passion for the beef industry and agriculture in Indiana’s youth. During this two-day weekend, over 1000 junior exhibitors show nearly 1500 head of cattle.
Annual compliance is critical to the success of Indiana Beef. Since 2003, they have relied on Alerding CPA Group to assist them with maintaining strict compliance standards. “Our relationship with Alerding is a special one,” said Joe Moore, Executive Vice President of IBCA and IBC. “Because we operate as a Qualified Beef Council of the USDA, we must function on a unique set of rules that the professionals at Alerding have come to understand,” he added.
“Our relationship with the Association has been very rewarding as we witness their dedication to achieving their objectives and fiduciary responsibilities,” said Mike Farmer, Director at Alerding CPA Group. “Each year, Alerding staff volunteer at the IBCA state fair food booth, so we can experience first-hand how committed their members and volunteers are to its mission,” he added.
Don’t miss this summer’s opportunity to wake up your tastebuds by visiting one of IBCA’s food booths at the Indiana State Fair August 4 – August 20. This year they are offering the “Cattlemen’s Choice” sandwich featuring a Hoosier ribeye steak topped with smoked beef brisket. IBCA will have 2 food locations: on the southside in front of the West Pavilion (Cattle Barn) and on the northside beside Pioneer Village.