CATA Summer Conference

June 23 - June 27, 2024
Agriskills - June 23 (2 sessions) &
June 27 (1 session)



Join us in San Luis Obispo for the annual California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (CATA) Summer Conference!  Professional Sessions, AgriSkills Sessions, and the Idea Show are all centered around the professional development of agricultural teachers. All sessions are specific to the curriculum and concepts taught in agricultural education at the middle school, secondary, and post-secondary levels. These sessions are centered around classroom instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience (work experience), and student leadership development.  Presenters include National FFA staff, National Association of Agricultural Education staff, California Department of Education staff, university and community college personnel, and experienced agricultural teachers from throughout the state.  Additionally, CATA Conference offers participants the opportunity to interact and network with agricultural education professionals from all over California. 

The conference officially begins on Monday, June 24, 2024, with pre-conference activity beginning on Sunday, June 23, 2024. Conference registration MUST be submitted online. We strongly suggest that you pre-register for Summer Conference by May 31st, otherwise, some of the meal functions may no longer be available and the cost to register increases.

Register Now (link)
DUES - If you have NOT paid your 2023-2024 dues and you want to register for conference at the member rate, then you need to pay your dues before processing your conference registration.  If you are already a 2023-2024 member, the Member Clicks system will not allow you to process your 2024-2025 dues until after July 1st.  
AgriSkills will again be split between Sunday and Thursday. There will be two Agriskills sessions on Sunday, June 23, and the remaining session will be on Thursday afternoon, June 27. 

Conference Registration: Registration will be conducted at the Oppenheimer 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 room 10-241.

Professional Development: New to CATA Conference this year!  Pre-signups for all Professional Development Sessions.  Please check this website and watch for an email regarding signing up for Professional Development Sessions prior to conference beginning.  We have also added an extra session time and will now be offering 3 time slots to choose from.

Farm Show and Idea Show: Farm Shop - Building 9 will once again be the location for the Farm Show and Idea Show on Tuesday, June 25, from 12:00 noon to 2:45 p.m. Contact Cari Brown at [email protected] if you are interested in a booth.

Curricular Code Committee Meetings: Coaches and others interested in the "B" list contests should plan to meet on Tuesday. (General Rules - 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. / Round #1 - 9:00 to 9:50 a.m. / Round #2 - 12:00 to 12:50 p.m.).  Please refer to the Curricular Code Changes page of our website for information on contests being opened this year.

Banquet and Awards Program - 2024 Banquet will be held at the Madonna Inn this year!  The theme is "24k Gold".  

Proposed Conference Agenda - This agenda is still being finalized, please check back for updates.

Opening Session Flyer 



  • Summer Conference 2 CEUs:  - $200 (You must sign in at both Regional Meetings, Two Professional Development Sessions, and an Operations Division Meeting, or a Secondary/Postsecondary Division Meeting to receive credit.) 
  • Agriskills Institute 1 CEU:  - $100 (To receive credit you must register for the Institute and attend three half day sessions or one-full day and one-half day session.) 

Please follow the directions in this document to obtain your parking passes: CATA Conference Parking Instructions and Cal Poly Map
Exempt vehicles do not need to get a permit!


Hotel Information:
We have contracted with two hotels this year, there is a limited number of rooms at each location.

Embassy Suites: Click here to book your room!
Rooms must be booked by May 21st to receive the group rate.
333 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


Oxford Suites: Click here to book your room!
Booking Instructions for Oxford Suites - Rooms must be booked by May 9th to receive group rate.
651 5 Cities Dr
Pismo Beach, CA 93449 


CATA 2024 Conference Registration Form (PDF) - For your district use only, please still fill out the online form.

Conference Schedule (condensed draft) - Conference Program Guidebook - Information coming soon!

More Information:

2023-2024 CATA Leadership Opportunities

Meeting Agendas

CATA Summer Conference Logo

  • Operations Division - Budget and Audit Committee
  • Secondary Division - Student Activities Committee / Curriculum Committee
  • Secondary Division Meeting

Conference Minutes - 2023

CATA Summer Conference Directory of Participants