California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 10 - Executive Committee Meeting, Galt

September 25-26 - Southern Region Meeting, Costa Mesa

September 26 - North Coast Region Meeting, Eureka

October 11 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 28-31 - National FFA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

November 6 - Superior Region Meeting,Oroville

November 7 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 13-14 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 17-21 - NAAE Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

November 19-20 - New Professionals Conference

November 21 - Central Region Meeting, UC Davis

December 1-3 - CATA Leadership Conference

December 3-5 - Community College Midwinter Institute, San Diego

January 7-8 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 14-15 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 23 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 1-2 - Mentoring Conference, Fresno

February 6 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 22 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

February 27 - Central Region Meeting, Merced

February 27 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

March 12 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

April 2- North Coast Region Meeting, Santa Rosa

April 9 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 23 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 23-26 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Fresno

April 26-29 - NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

May 7 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 19 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 19 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 19-23 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 23 - 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.

The CATA Office Has Moved!

The CATA office is now located at the FFA Center in Galt.
Contact information:
Jim Aschwanden 209-744-1605
Kerry Stockton 209-744-1614
Fax 209-744-1602
Mailing address: PO Box 186, Galt, CA 95632-0186

Summer Conference Registration is Now Open

2016 Curricular Code Changes
All proposed changes must be forwarded to the CATA office by June 1. The proposed changes must include what is to be deleted and/or inserted and include a rationale for the change.

New 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.

Here is the latest update regarding Vision 2030:

  1. Please take the time to visit the new website ( 

  2. The next/current phase that is ongoing pertains to assessing the information from the past summer's survey (data/info located in the Fall 2015 Vision 2030 Report) and identifying action plans, solutions, and/or ideas to address the concerns/issues/needs addressed in the survey. This is where YOUR input is needed and required. This is YOUR opportunity to come up with ideas, action plans, solutions, etc... for the Vision 2030 leaders, committees, and individuals to work on. The effort put forward results in increased efficiency and maximized productivity within our profession.

  3. If you take a look on the main page of the website, you will see "Regional Action Plan Submission Link" with buttons tabbed for each region. Everyone has access to the buttons, however only the regional officers of that particular region have access to edit, add, revise, etc... the submission forms. The goal/objective is for individual members within each region to come up with 2-4 action items/ideas/solution(s) for each of the survey questions/data released in the Fall 2015 Vision 2030 Report. The goal is to utilize each of the regional meetings to confirm, consolidate, and identify the items and submit them on the regional submission form. How that process proceeds forward is up to each region, however we need the submission forms completed by the end of November. Ideally, the forms should be completed shortly after the region's fall meeting.

  4. Some of you have shared some terrific ideas and they need to be shared with your regional officers to be submitted. Regional Officers are more than welcome to take e-mail suggestions and submit them via the website so members from the region can view/edit as needed. Again, the process if flexible, but the deadline for those submissions is firm and needed by the end of November.

  5. Once we have the submission forms from each region completed, we will organize the material and COMBINE them with the current/ongoing action plan/items from the original four sectors that remain "on the table" and are still being addressed.

  6. Once we combine all the items in December, we will prioritize and open up for volunteers to chair, lead, address, etc... and organize the structure to implement the identified action plans/items/ideas/solutions, etc....

That is where we stand right now. The website will expand, grow as needed. For now, we need everyone to brainstorm and come up with ideas, action plans, solutions, etc... pertaining to the summer survey and share them with your regional officer team so they can be submitted.

Thank you for your time, effort, and attention regarding this process!

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.

Congratulations to our 2015 NAAE Region 1 Winners

NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award - Natalie Borba, Atwater High School

NAAE Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program Award - San Luis Obispo High School, Anna Bates and Jodi Evans

NAAE Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship - Courtney Castle, Golden West High School

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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