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.
Past presidents of the Yavapai Cattle Growers Association in 1961 photo from azmemory.azlibrary.gov
Members at our Winter Meeting listening to our lobbyist, Jeff Eisenberg, legislative updates
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.
To establish and build political action, producer education, and consumer promotion that will protect the future of Arizona ranching
Written by Mike Gannuscio
Arizona Cattle Growers' Association is moving forward. We have empowered leaders, we have committees up and running, we are facing challenging tasks head on. We are recruiting new members, we have successful fundraisers going, we have a new lobbyist, and we're here to say, we need you! We need our members back, I've seen the numbers, last year we had 650 members, today we have 306. I'll update this again in a few months, but ACGA is up and running, but we cannot do all that is needed without dues from membership. We are going to hire a new Communications Director within the next 2 months and a new Executive Director in 2022. Just like NCBA, we are open for business, and working for you. Who's telling your story? Who's looking out for your interest? While you're checking waters, working cattle, fixing fences and doing what we all enjoy most, we are working for you. We're ranchers and we've volunteered, so stand with us as we continue to tell your story. Please reach out to your neighbors and ask them to join or rejoin. This is a year for a fresh start, a year to reunite us all as one and a refreshed ACGA, member driven for the benefit of all ranchers! Join with us today!
Past President's Message
I am a third-generation rancher in the Verde Valley. My wife, Mary Beth and I own the W Dart Ranch, a cow/calf operation that is located between Cottonwood and Camp Verde. We are very proud that we have the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations living and working on our ranch.
I was raised believing that you should “give back to the industry” that is your livelihood. I have been very fortunate and blessed in serving in leadership roles from the local level up to the National level. I am a former President of the Yavapai Cattle Grower’s Association, Arizona Cattle Grower’s Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. I have also served as the Arizona’s Voting Director to the National Public Lands Council.
I am serving my “third hitch” as Immediate Past President of ACGA. I invite you and your neighbors to become more involved in ACGA as we need your input and ideas to make it a better organization. With your help we can be a strong, vibrant organization to better serve the ranching industry in Arizona. Andy Groseta, Past President