ACGA is a member driven organization. Members have the opportunity to participate in the policy making process during the Winter Meeting and Summer Convention. These policies are what drive the organization through the next year.
With these policies, ACGA represent Arizona ranchers at the State Capitol and in Washington. This has been a very productive session for Arizona Cattle Growers'. ACGA refined and helped correct many pieces of legislation that might have been hurtful to our members. We also played an integral role in shaping the revised livestock regulations, recently approved by the Department of Agriculture. We have a unique opportunity given our strong relationship with Governor Ducey, the Department of Agriculture, State Land Office, and Legislative leadership to shape our priorities for next session and accomplish tasks vital to our industry.
Policy Development is where ACGA’s members, through our grassroot focus, create directives for the organization. The Cattle Growers’ Policy Book allows the members of the organization to establish the stances ACGA staff and leadership will take on issues and challenges that might face our industry. Creating policy is one step in taking a proactive stance in the fight to protect our industry. Here is a graphic that shows the policy development process along with instructions that detail how to participate in the conversation.
This year is a big one for policy development, as many policies have already been proposed for addition to our policy book. At the Winter Meeting, we worked on the second step of the policy development process. Now, under the direction of ACGA’s Resolutions Committee, the policies are open for a 30-day comment period (ending March 24th). During this time, ACGA members should contact staff with comments or concerns, or reply to email notifications concerning the policies. At this time any changes, corrections, and/or deletions will be added to the report that will be presented to the membership. At the end of the comment period, the Resolutions Committee will ensure all policies brought forth are ready for membership deliberation, abide by our bylaws, and are free of grammatical and spelling errors. Step four in the policy development process will take place at ACGA’s Summer Convention. During this step the membership will review the policy report, discuss, and vote on the proposed policies. Additionally, members, counties, and committees can bring late resolutions to the floor during convention for deliberation.
To participate in the 30-day comment period please participate in the google doc.at the top of this page or give the office a call to submit your comments at 602.267.1129.