Upcoming Events

March 28-30 - NCBA/PLC Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.


April  4-6 - AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshop & Tour, St. George & Orderville, UT

April 8 - Bar T Bar Bull Sale, Crater Ranch Headquarters

April 8 - SACPA Spring Meeting, UA Food Products & Safety Lab in Tucson

 

May 4 - Ranching Heritage Alliance Workshop "OLD HAT: A New Frontier Stockmanship at its Best!", X Diamond Ranch

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

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

July 12-15 - Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, Denver

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

Restore Our Border



Mission

Representing ranching families who produce quality beef in a responsible manner

Vision

We are the trusted source of information and advocacy for Arizona beef producing families

Core Values

Honorable: Trustworthy – you can believe what we say
Venerable: Built on a culture and history that inform the present and shape the future
Constructive: Decisions are science-based and outcome-focused
Responsible: We protect our animals, environment and consumers


About

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.
 
The ACGA will promote the common interest and perform the common responsibilities of its members by:
  • Performing federal and state legislative activities consisting of proposing and reviewing legislation, and lobbying for or against legislation, as in the best interest of ACGA.
  • Performing public relations activities that will promote the image and heritage of the ranching and cattle industry, build positive relationships with key individuals, media, agencies, consumers, schools, and others important to ranching and the cattle industry.
  • Initiate, enter into, defend, or prepare a response to litigation in the collective good of the common interest and importance.
  • Consistently provide timely and accurate information to the membership that is of common interest and importance.
  • Provide opportunities for members to become educated on issues of importance.
  • Maintain a strong and informed membership base.
  • Build alliances with common interest groups.

History 

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

Leadership

Past Award Recipients

Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association is a non-profit organization and conducts research on behalf of the industry as directed by its membership.  Indirect cost of research performed by other entities will not be paid by grants from this association.