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

Conference 2014


Jim Aschwanden
Executive Director of CATA and Conference Coordinator
Cindy Rohde
President, California Agricultural Teachers' Association
Krista Vannest
Chair, Secondary Division
Nick Deftereos
Chair, Post Secondary Division
Kristi Mattes
Chair, Operations Division
Bob Heuvel
State Supervisor, Agricultural Education, California Department of Education

SUBJECT: CATA Summer Conference

Plans for Summer Conference 2014 are now beginning to develop. Please allow this to serve as your “First Call” to this big event to be held at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo! The conference officially begins on Monday, June 23, 2014, with pre-conference activity beginning on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

There are a couple of ways to submit your registration and CATA dues. You can submit everything electronically by following the procedures outlined on our online registration (no longer available). If you prefer to handle a “hard copy” of the forms and write on them, you can download the Conference Registration and CATA Dues form, fill them out and send them in with your purchase order, check or credit card information (FAX is okay with credit card or purchase order). Please keep a copy for your records. We strongly suggest that you pre-register for Summer Conference – waiting in line will only cut in on your ability to fully enjoy the Sunday evening reception!

CATA Governing Board:  Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., CATA Governing Board will meet in Erhart Agriculture 10-223, for their semi-annual meeting.

New Teacher Orientation:  University Teacher Educators and CATA President, Cindy Rohde are planning an exciting and rewarding orientation program for all individuals who have not previously particpated in Summer Conference on Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  They will meet with the new teachers in Erhart Agriculture 10-220. 

Conference Registration:  Registration will be conducted at the Arboretum - OH Unit on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., then again on Monday morning from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. outside the Performing Arts Center.  The first General Assembly will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Late registration will be handled in the Conference Operations Office in Erhart Agriculture 10-241. 

Farm Show and Idea Show:  Farm Shop - Building 9 will once again be the location for the Farm Show and Idea Show on Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 2:45 p.m. 

Family BBQ:  The Family BBQ on Tuesday will be at Cuesta Park again this year.  The fun starts at 4:45 p.m. with softball at Cal Poly, and volleyball, horshoes, and children's games at Cuesta Park, with dinner following at 6:30 p.m.

The Curricular Code Committee meetings are to Tuesday, June 23. Coaches and others interested in the “A" list contests should plan to meet that morning from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m.

The Central Region is diligently working on plans for an outstanding evening at the Annual Banquet. It will once again be held at the Madonna Inn Expo Hall, so buy your ticket(s) early to guarantee a seat.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

More Information

CATA Membership Application Form (PDF)

CATA Conference Registration Form (PDF-Print)  (MS Word)

2014-2015 CATA Leadership Opportunities

Conference Schedule (draft) (PDF)

Annual CATA Awards Banquet

Wednesday Professional Sessions

Skills Course Descriptions - Registration Form

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Lodgings - Poly Canyon Summer Village
Embassy Suites - Holiday Inn Express - Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge - SeaCrest Ocean Front Hotel
(Mention CATA)

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo - Late Spring Session

Hack and Blast (unofficial CATA activity)