California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 5 - Executive Committee Meeting, Elk Grove

September 21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Kelseyville

September 27-28 - Southern Region Meeting, Big Bear

October 13 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 30-Nov 2 - National FFA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

November 9 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 16 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Bass Lake

November 16 - Superior Region Meeting, Anderson

November 23 - Central Region Meeting, Modesto

December 3-7 - NAAE Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

December 5-7 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Modesto

January 16-17 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 25 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 1 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 22 - Central Region Meeting, Stockton

February 22 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Lemoore

February 24 - South Coast Region Meeting, San Luis Obispo

March 1 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 22 - North Coast Region Meeting, Ukiah

April 5 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 12 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 12-15 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Fresno

May 3 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 22 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 22 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 22-26 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 26 - 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.

Comments on Governor Brown Signing State Budget which includes Agricultural Education Incentive Grant

On Friday, June 20, 2014 Governor Brown signed the 2014-15 State Budget, which included funding for the Agricultural Education Incentive Grant program, supporting high quality Agricultural Education standards in our public schools.  This grant program is designed to provide matching funds for districts who commit to meeting state-approved program standards in Ag Education, including classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience projects, and leadership training through the Future Farmers of America (FFA) student organization.

The Agricultural Education Incentive Grant currently supports local Ag Education programs and FFA activities in over 300 high schools statewide, with over 76,000 students enrolled in programs offered in a wide variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings.  Students enrolled in these programs are representative of California’s social and ethnic diversity, with Hispanic students making up 51% of current Ag Education enrollment, while 35% identify as Caucasian. 

“We are encouraged by Governor Brown’s support for continued Ag Education funding in California, the leading agricultural-producing state in the nation” said Jim Aschwanden, Executive Director of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association.  “We will continue to work with the Governor and members of the California State Legislature to ensure that they understand the importance of a vibrant, sustainable agriculture industry to our state’s economy.”

“We are very grateful that so many students, parents, industry partners, and others took the time to let their legislators and the Governor know how important Ag Education programs and FFA are in positively shaping the lives of young people.  We appreciate the efforts of everyone who contributed to this victory.”

2014 Annual CATA Summer Conference - San Luis Obispo, CA

June 22 - 26 -- CATA Summer Conference
June 24 - Farm Show and Idea Show
June 26-28 - AgriSkills Sessions

2014 Proposed Curricular Code Changes


 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! 

If you ordered a Cal Ag Plate and haven't received it yet, please contact us at (916) 714-2970 or by email at

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