California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 4 - Executive Committee Meeting, Galt

September 23-24 - Southern Region Meeting, Palm Springs

September 24 - North Coast Region Meeting, Fort Bragg

October 9 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 19-22 - National FFA Convention,Indianapolis, IN

November 4-5 - Superior Region Meeting, Petaluma

November 5 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 16-17 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 18-19 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 19 - Central Region Meeting, Lake Tahoe

November 30 - December 3 - NAAE Conference, Las Vegas, NV

December 1-3 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Santa Rosa

December 7-9 - Advanced Leadership Institute

January 5-6 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 12-13 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 21 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

January 30-31 - Mentoring Conference

February 4 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 25 - Central Region Meeting, Modesto JC

February 25 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 27 - South Coast Region, TBD

March 11 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 25- North Coast Region Meeting, Humboldt

April 8 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 22 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 22-25 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Fresno

April 25-28 - NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Sheridan, Wyoming

May 6 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25-29 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 29 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

Statement of Purpose

The California Agricultural Teachers' Association was formed in 1920. The purpose of the organization is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work.

California Agricultural Teachers’ Association
Comments on Governor Brown’s Support for
Continued CTE Funding

In a message relayed through Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, Governor Brown on Friday stated his support for continued funding for Career Technical Education and FFA programs offered through the California Department of Education for 2017-18 and beyond.  These programs have been funded in the past by $15 million in CTE Pathway monies that were provided to the California Department of Education for supporting statewide Career Technical Education activities and programs.  Earlier this spring, the proposed 2017-18 budget had diverted these funds for use by the Community College system. 

“We are extremely grateful that Governor Brown and his staff recognized the importance of maintaining this funding for Career Technical Education and FFA programs in California.” said Jim Aschwanden, Executive Director of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association.  “The loss of these components of Career Technical Education would have had a devastating effect on programs and teachers statewide.  The students and teachers supported by these programs are pleased that the Governor acted so quickly to resolve this issue.”         

The California Agricultural Teachers’ Association is a professional education association, representing over 850 instructors in Agricultural Education at the Middle School through University levels in California, with headquarters located in Galt, California. 

Summer Conference - June 25 - 29, 2017

Proposed Curricular Code Changes 2017

Congratulations to our 2016 NAAE Region 1 Winners

NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award - Natalie Ryan, North High School - Bakersfield

NAAE Outstanding Secondary Program Award - Tulare High School Farm, David Caetano, Kevin Koelewyn, Michael Mederos, Jared Castle, Jennifer Sousa, Hector Urueta, and Shay Williams-Hopper

NAAE Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship - Lauren Fontes, King City High School

Congratulations to our 2016 XLR8 Professional Development Program Participants

Judy Aschwanden (St. Helena HS) and Shay Williams-Hopper (Tulare Joint Union HS) will participate in the year-long NAAE XLR8 professional development program aimed to accelerate their ag teaching career. This year, NAAE received 85 applications for the XLR8 program that only has 20 spots available for participants each year.

Teach Ag California

Agricultural education prepares students for SUCCESSFUL CAREERS and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems. Agriculture educators are in HIGH DEMAND as California agriculture program enrollment continues to rise. For more information visit

Website for "Vision 2030"

A NEW website for "Vision2030" has been created and the site address is Please save the link as one of your "favorites" as it will serve as the primary information/resource hub pertaining to Vision 2030.

Vision 2030 - Agriscience Education      

The Vision 2030 Committee has worked hard to put Agriscience education at the forefront of the NGSS and Common Core movements. As part of this evolution in agricultural education, materials have been created that can be infused into traditional agriculture courses as well as matching the new UC-approved lab science coursework. Teachers interested in using materials developed for the new Agriscience courses can access them by going to Google Drive.

Cal Ag Plate Update


Thanks to all of you who helped launch the first ever California Agricultural License Plate!  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

The support you have shown for Agricultural Education programs in California will ensure that students interested in agriculture will have opportunities to participate in activities that foster their leadership and personal development.  California’s agricultural heritage as well as its’ impact on our state’s economy must be understood and appreciated by our youth.  Thanks for being part of this effort!

Please continue to spread the word about the importance of the California Agricultural License Plate program to your friends, family, and others who value agriculture and the contribution it makes to all of our lives.  Encourage them to go to and order their own Cal Ag Plate – it’s just a click away! 


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