California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 7 - Executive Committee Meeting, Galt

September 22-23 - Southern Region Meeting, Mission Bay

September 23 - North Coast Region Meeting, Dixon

October 15 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 23-28 - National FFA Convention,Indianapolis, IN

November 3 - Superior Region Meeting, Alturas

November 4 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15-16 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 17-18 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 18 - Central Region Meeting, Elk Grove

November 30 - December 2 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Solvang

December 5-9 - NAAE Conference, Nashville

January 4-5 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 11-12 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 20 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 3 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 24 - Central Region Meeting, Modesto JC

February 24 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 26 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 10 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 24- North Coast Region Meeting, Kelseyville

April 7 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 21 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 22-25 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

April 25-28 - NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Utah

May 5 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 245 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 24 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 24-28 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 28 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

Conference 2018 - Conference Program


Matt Patton
Executive Director of CATA and Conference Coordinator
Robin Grundmeyer
President, California Agricultural Teachers' Association
Matt Patton
Chair, Secondary Division
Troy Gravatt
Chair, Post Secondary Division
Judy Aschwanden
Chair, Operations Division
Lloyd McCabe
State Supervisor, Agricultural Education, California Department of Education

SUBJECT: CATA Summer Conference

Plans for Summer Conference 2018 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 25, 2018, with pre-conference activity beginning on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Conference registration MUST be submitted online this year. You can submit everything electronically by following the procedures outlined on our online registration. Once you have input your information, the final page will contain a receipt number, please print a copy of this page for your records and for your district. You will also receive an email confirmation confirming that you are registered. We strongly suggest that you pre-register for Summer Conference before June 1st, otherwise, some of the meal functions may no longer be available and the registration fee increases.

Agriskills NEW SCHEDULE: There will be two agriskills sessions on Sunday, June 24, then the remaining session on Thursday afternoon, June 28.

CATA Governing Board:  Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., CATA Governing Board will meet in Erhart Agriculture 10-223, for their semi-annual meeting.

New Teacher Orientation:  University Teacher Educators, Visions 2030, and CATA President, Robin Grundmeyer 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 10-206. 

Conference Registration:  Registration will be conducted at the Oppenheimber Family Equine Center 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 the Sports Complex on the Cal Poly Campus this year.  The fun starts at 4:45 p.m. with softball, corn hole, children's games and shaved ice, with dinner following at 6:30 p.m.

The Curricular Code Committee meetings are to Tuesday, June 26. Coaches and others interested in the “B" list contests should plan to meet from 2:45 to 4:50 p.m.

The San Joaquin 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. Banquet Reservations

We look forward to seeing you in June!

More Information

CATA Membership Application Form (PDF)

Online Registration - No longer available, please complete the registration form. Fax to 209-744-1602, email to, or mail to CATA at PO Box 186, Galt, CA 95632.

CATA Conference Registration Form (PDF) - For your district use only.

2018-2019 CATA Leadership Opportunities

Conference Schedule (condensed draft version) (PDF) Final Conference Program Guidebook -

Farm Show Reservation Form

Tuesday & Wednesday Professional Sessions

Agriskills Course Descriptions - Registration Form

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Lodgings - Poly Canyon Summer Village - Embassy Suites (Mention CATA)

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo - Three-Week "Late Spring" Courses

Hack 'n Blast (unofficial CATA activity)