May 4-5 - Ranching Heritage Alliance Workshop with Whit Hibbard and Matt Barnes on Stockmanship, X Diamond Ranch
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 12-15 - Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, Denver
July 26-28 - 113th Annual ACGA Convention, Prescott
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The Arizona Cattle Growers' Association (ACGA) was founded over 100 years ago when a small group of concerned cattlemen took it upon themselves to help structure the future of the cattle industry in this great state. Their primary concern, that there be orderly, systematic laws protecting livestock and property. On January 4, 1904, these dedicated cattlemen organized the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association (ACGA).
More than 100 years later, protecting Arizona's livestock industry is still ACGA's number one commitment. Today, the ACGA has grown into a vital organization representing more than 2,000 beef cattle producers and industry leaders throughout the state.
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The first gathering of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association was held in the Elks Club Building in Tucson on October 12, 1903. According to newspaper accounts, forty-some ranchers attended that first gathering including Governor Alexander Brodie, a rancher himself, and W.S> Sturgis, chairman of the Territorial Livestock Sanitary Board. At this meeting with a standing vote, the membership endorsed the Livestock Sanitary Board, the brand registration law, the brand registration book, and the livestock inspectors. They also applauded the Rangers and the Governor. A band of independent-minded cattlemen had agreed it was necessary to have a Territory-wide association to carry on the work of “properly” representing the cattle industry of Arizona. It was historic.
In early January of 1904 the ACGA met again to formally organize. This time in Phoenix in the legislative council chamber of the State Capitol Building. Three cattlemen were chosen from each county to make up the executive committee. Initiation fee was five dollars, with an annual fee of one dollar. The decision to form an executive committee, made up of the most influential men of each county, as historian Dennis McCargar observed, would set in motion the most powerful body of the Association. It would become the board of directors – a body that even today makes the major decisions.
-Excerpted from Keepers of the Range – The Story of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association
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