CATA Statement of Purpose:

Over one hundred years ago, a group of agriculture teachers gathered together to share best practices and improve their craft. From this initial meeting California Agricultural Teachers' Association (CATA) was born. That first meeting took place in the summer of 1920, at the University of California Davis Farm. At the meeting, agricultural teachers from across the state developed the organizational structure of CATA and elected officers to serve the organization.

Ever since that first meeting, the CATA organization has worked to meet its mission to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in the public and private schools of California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels.

Currently, CATA has over one thousand voluntary members dedicated to the organization's mission and improving agricultural education across the state at all levels.

CATA Membership

The California Agricultural Teachers' Association would like to invite you to become part of an organization representing over 1,000 agricultural teachers at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels throughout California. 

From the beginning, CATA has also maintained a strong tradition of leadership and involvement in other state and national organizations. CATA members have dramatically influenced the structure, policies, and practices of organizations like Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

CATA's membership year is July 1 to June 30. 

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 Cal Ag Plate

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!