About ACGA

Our Story

The Arizona Cattle Growers' Association (ACGA) was founded when a small group of concerned cattlemen took it upon themselves to help structure the cattle industry's future in this great state. Their primary concern was that there be orderly, systematic laws protecting livestock and property. On January 4, 1903, these dedicated cattlemen organized the ACGA. Today, ACGA is a grassroots non-profit association representing, protecting, promoting, and sustaining an atmosphere conducive to profitable ranching.

ACGA will promote the common interest and perform the following responsibilities: 


  • Federal and state legislative lobbying, propose and review legislation, and advocate for or against legislation depending on if it is in the membership's best interest. 

  • Perform public relations activities that will promote the ranching and cattle industry's image and heritage.

  • 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 as needed. 

  • Consistently provide timely and accurate information to the membership.

  • Provide opportunities for members to become educated on issues of importance.

  • Maintain an informed membership base

  • Build alliances with common interest groups.

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Our Mission

At Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association we protect, promote, and sustain Arizona cattle ranching for present and future generations through grassroots advocacy, policy formation, and education.

Our Vision

To establish and build political action, producer education, and consumer promotion that will protect the future of Arizona ranching

President's Message 

Written by Billy Elkins

Arizona Cattle Growers' Association leadership and staff are working around the clock to protect our industry for present and future generations. 

ACGA is fighting for producers' interests concerning wildfire prevention & recovery, the Endangered Species Act, the Antiquities Act, the Clean Water Act, wild horse & burro issues, the Mexican gray wolf, the Equal Access Justice Act, and many other topics affecting our industry daily. ACGA advocates for the benefits of land management, rural development, open spaces, protecting of natural resources, and the importance of the public lands grazing program for the United States. 

ACGA also the ranching industry's story and builds positive relationships with media, allied interest groups, agencies, consumers, schools, and others to enable the ranching and cattle industry's image and heritage. ACGA maintains a robust and informed membership base by consistently providing timely and accurate information. Additionally, the Association provides opportunities for members to become educated on issues of importance. 

Today, I invite you to step up, join ACGA, and be a part of the solution to Arizona ranchers' problems.

Past President's Message 

Written by Jay Whetten 

ACGA has established more than a strong relationship with the Governor and his staff, the Arizona Department of Agriculture, the Arizona State Land Department, and other key agencies and politicians.


New relationships with government officials have been forged - we know them! They know us!


Ties to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Public Lands Council, the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Arizona Farm Bureau,  the University of Arizona U of A and others have been strengthened. We have also participated in the Arizona Mexico Sonora Commission and have significantly strengthened our position with folks from the South.