Upcoming Events

May 4-5 - Ranching Heritage Alliance Workshop with Whit Hibbard and Matt Barnes on Stockmanship, X Diamond Ranch

May 8 - Gila County Cattle Growers' Annual Replacement & Stocker Sale, Globe

May 12 - ACGA Board of Directors Meeting, Camp Verde

June 10 - Cochise Graham Cattle Growers' Annual Meeting, Willcox

June 15-18 - Arizona Cowpuncher's Reunion Rodeo, Williams

July 26-28 - 113th Annual ACGA Convention, Prescott

Arizona Cattle Industry Research & Education Foundation (ACIF)

Founded in 1982, ACIF, has supported Arizona's cattle industry. Devoted to two goals: sustaining the people who are engaged in the industry and care about the ranching way of life; and sustaining the land that is the source of productivity for the livestock industry.

Our Mission

  • Promote awareness and knowledge in the community about the benefits of the Arizona cattle industry.
  • Educate, promote and encourage research and development programs related to the Arizona beef industry.
  • Conduct fund raising activities to fund the scientific, charitable, and educational needs of the Arizona cattle industry.
  • Provide funds for education programs and scholarships for persons pursuing studies in subjects directly and indirectly related to the cattle industry.
  • Engage in activities and programs which encourage and promote the general interests of the cattle industry.
  • Provide a home to the cattle industry organizations


  • The Foundation has provided funding to the University of Arizona, Livestock Judging each year they have had a team since 2003. A total of 12 awards totaling $36,800.
  • The Foundation has provided $15,900 to send young Arizona Cattlemen to the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference for the past five years.
  • Wolf Study Grant of $20,000 approved in 2015
  • Economic Study Grant of $5,000 approved in 2013
  • Forest Guidebook: $10,000 grant approved in 2010.
  • Resource Management Education: $25,000 grant approved in 2008.
  • Forest Plan Research: $20,000 approved, half in 2006, the other half in 2007.
  • ACGA “Keeper of the Range” Commemorative Book: $101,000.


From donations and earnings, ACIF has: (since 1993)
  • Invested over $875,000 in the building that houses Arizona Cattle Growers' Association (ACGA), Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association (ACFA), Arizona Beef Council (ABC), and Arizona Wool Producers (AWP).
  • Established scholarship endowments totaling over $302,000 which generate income to provide college scholarships.
  • Awarded grants of $394,700 directly to ACGA for specific industry projects and programs.
  • Awarded grants of $260,300 to other industry organizations for specific industry projects and programs.
  • Awarded scholarships of $476,400 to college students with a background or interest in the Arizona cattle industry.
The Foundation’s Grant Program supports research and education that contribute to healthy and open landscapes. Our Grant Program has supported community outreach in the following ways:
  • Public workshops
  • County fair awards
  • 4H and FFA livestock judging teams
  • Book publication
  • The Summer Ag Institute
Research we have supported includes:
  • Wolf, Jaguar and willow flycatcher studies
  • Rangeland plant projects
Our grants have supported:
  • Arizona Cattle Growers' Association
  • Society for Range Management
  • Future Farmers of America
  • University of Arizona
  • Arizona State Cowbelles
  • Summer Ag Institute
  • Project CENTRL

Board of Trustees

President: Chuck Backus
Vice President: Suzanne Menges
Secretary: Sandy Eastlake
Treasurer: Jon Rowley
Assistant Treasurer: Grant Boice
Statutory Agent: Louis Maxcy

Expires 2017: Bill Brake, Sandy Eastlake, John Fowler, Mike Macauley, Steve Pierce, Kent Corbin*

Expires 2018: Ron Allen, Tom Bell, Bill Elkins, Jr.,Norm Hinz, Richie Kennedy, Linda Vensel

Expires 2019: Chuck Backus, Trever Hall, Barbara Jackson, Suzanne Menges, Swayze McCraine, Jon Rowley

*filling Dot Webb's term

Past presidents of the:
Arizona Cattle Growers' Association: Dan Bell
Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association: Richie Kennedy
Arizona State Cowbelles: Pamela Griffin

Carl Stevenson, Trustee Emeritus
Jolene Miller, Trustee Emeritus
Louis Maxcy, Trustee Emeritus
Bill McGibbon, Trustee Emeritus


To date, ACIF has granted $476,400 in scholarships to 170 students in their pursuit of higher education. To apply for a scholarship, download the application, here. Congratulations to our 2017 recipients.

Ways to Give

  • Memorials
  • Cash or cash equivalents
  • Stocks/bonds/marketable securities
  • Mutual funds/retirement plan designations
  • Will codicils
  • Trusts
  • Real Estate (without mortgages or liens)
  • Tangible personal property: stamps/coins/etc.
  • Life insurance policies or proceeds
  • Oil and gas royalties
  • Arizona Gives Day

The Arizona Cattle Industry Research and Education Foundation is a qualified nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to the Foundation are charitable contributions and deductible from taxable income. Make contributions payable to: ACIF 1401 North 24th Street, Suite 4 Phoenix, AZ 85008.