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

Conference 2016 - Conference Program


Jim Aschwanden
Executive Director of CATA and Conference Coordinator
Ralph Mendes
President, California Agricultural Teachers' Association
JessaLee Goehring
Chair, Secondary Division
Larry Dinis
Chair, Post Secondary Division
Chris McKenna
Chair, Operations Division
Lloyd McCabe
State Supervisor, Agricultural Education, California Department of Education

SUBJECT: CATA Summer Conference

Plans for Summer Conference 2016 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 20, 2016, with pre-conference activity beginning on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

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, Visions 2030, and CATA President, Ralph Mendes 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 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 the Sports Complex on the Cal Poly Campus this year.  The fun starts at 4:45 p.m. with softball, volleyball, corn hole, and children's games, with dinner following at 6:30 p.m.

The Curricular Code Committee meetings are to Tuesday, June 22. Coaches and others interested in the “C" list contests should plan to meet that morning from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m.

The North Coast Region is diligently working on plans for an outstanding evening at the Annual Banquet - "Captain's Night on the Cruise Ship" . 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)

Online Registration - no longer available

CATA Conference Registration Form (PDF-Fillable)  (MS Word) - ALL MEAL FUNCTIONS ARE FULL EXCEPT FOR FAMILY BBQ, PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER MEALS WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR FORM. Fax registration form to 209-744-1602 or email to

2016-2017 CATA Leadership Opportunities

Conference Schedule (condensed draft version) (PDF)

Farm Show Reservation Form

Annual CATA Awards Banquet

CDE Contest Coach Registration

Tuesday Professional Sessions & 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 and Blast (unofficial CATA activity)