CCA History

Cattlemen and women at the annual CCA Convention at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923

The California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was formed in 1917. Originally located in San Francisco, CCA is now headquartered in downtown Sacramento, only blocks from the California State Capitol, where issues are lobbied on by a full-time CCA staff on behalf of California’s ranchers. CCA is a non-profit trade association representing California’s ranchers and beef producers in legislative and regulatory affairs. CCA’s funding is generated almost entirely by voluntary dues paid by members, who in turn determine the direction and policy of the organization at CCA’s two annual meetings. CCA has 38 county cattlemen’s association affiliates that serve as a strong link between the grassroots membership and CCA. CCA is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association with offices in Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colo. In addition, the Young Cattlemen's Committee serves as a link with the next generation of California ranchers promoting education, leadership and career enhancement. Because of the tremendous resource base on which our members depend for their livelihoods, CCA staff lobbies the California State Legislature, Congress and federal and state regulatory agencies on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Food safety and inspection
  • Federal and state endangered species
  • Beef quality assurance
  • Parcel fees
  • Wildlife management
  • Air quality
  • Noxious weeds
  • Williamson Act
  • Conservation programs
  • Wetlands
  • Federal lands grazing fees and regulation

CCA also funds litigation and research to support California’s beef cattle industry, and maintains a political action committee to support those candidates favorable to family ranchers and beef producers. CCA is extremely proud of its long-standing record of credibility, accomplishment and positive working relationship with policymakers throughout California and in Washington, D.C., in representing beef cattle producers, the stewards of an American tradition. As environmentalists, food producers, business owners and taxpayers, CCA members look forward to continuing these relationships with federal, state and local government institutions.