California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 4 - Executive Committee Meeting, Elk Grove

September 20 - North Coast Region Meeting, Sebastopol

September 26-27 - Southern Region Meeting, Quechan Resort - Winterhaven

October 12 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 26-Nov 2 - National FFA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

November 8 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 8 - Superior Region Meeting, Santa Rosa

November 14-15 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 18-22 - NAAE Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

November 21-22 - New Professionals Conference

November 22 - Central Region Meeting, Ironstone Vineyards - Murphys

December 4-6 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Chico

January 8-9 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 15-16 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 24 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 7 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 23 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

February 28 - Central Region Meeting, Cosumnes River College

February 28 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Lemoore

February 28 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 28 - North Coast Region Meeting, Livermore

April 11 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 18 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 18-21 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Fresno

May 2 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21-25 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

Statement of Purpose

The California Agricultural Teachers' Association was formed in 1920. The purpose of the organization is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work.

Comments on Governor Brown Signing State Budget which includes Agricultural Education Incentive Grant

On Friday, June 20, 2014 Governor Brown signed the 2014-15 State Budget, which included funding for the Agricultural Education Incentive Grant program, supporting high quality Agricultural Education standards in our public schools.  This grant program is designed to provide matching funds for districts who commit to meeting state-approved program standards in Ag Education, including classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience projects, and leadership training through the Future Farmers of America (FFA) student organization.

The Agricultural Education Incentive Grant currently supports local Ag Education programs and FFA activities in over 300 high schools statewide, with over 76,000 students enrolled in programs offered in a wide variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings.  Students enrolled in these programs are representative of California’s social and ethnic diversity, with Hispanic students making up 51% of current Ag Education enrollment, while 35% identify as Caucasian. 

“We are encouraged by Governor Brown’s support for continued Ag Education funding in California, the leading agricultural-producing state in the nation” said Jim Aschwanden, Executive Director of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association.  “We will continue to work with the Governor and members of the California State Legislature to ensure that they understand the importance of a vibrant, sustainable agriculture industry to our state’s economy.”

“We are very grateful that so many students, parents, industry partners, and others took the time to let their legislators and the Governor know how important Ag Education programs and FFA are in positively shaping the lives of young people.  We appreciate the efforts of everyone who contributed to this victory.”


 Cal Ag Plate Update


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! 

If you ordered a Cal Ag Plate and haven't received it yet, please contact us at (916) 714-2970 or by email at

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