California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 4 - Executive Committee Meeting, Galt

September 23-24 - Southern Region Meeting, Palm Springs

September 24 - North Coast Region Meeting, Fort Bragg

October 9 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 19-22 - National FFA Convention,Indianapolis, IN

November 4-5 - Superior Region Meeting, Petaluma

November 5 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 16-17 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 18-19 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 19 - Central Region Meeting, Lake Tahoe

November 30 - December 3 - NAAE Conference, Las Vegas, NV

December 1-3 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Santa Rosa

December 7-9 - Advanced Leadership Institute

January 5-6 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 12-13 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 21 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

January 30-31 - Mentoring Conference

February 4 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 25 - Central Region Meeting, Modesto JC

February 25 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 27 - South Coast Region, TBD

March 11 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 25- North Coast Region Meeting, Humboldt

April 8 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 22 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 22-25 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Fresno

April 25-28 - NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Sheridan, Wyoming

May 6 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25-29 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 29 - 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.

Congratulations to our 2016 NAAE Region 1 Winners

NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award - Natalie Ryan, North High School - Bakersfield

NAAE Outstanding Secondary Program Award - Tulare High School Farm, David Caetano, Kevin Koelewyn, Michael Mederos, Jared Castle, Jennifer Sousa, Hector Urueta, and Shay Williams-Hopper

NAAE Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship - Lauren Fontes, King City High School

Congratulations to our 2016 XLR8 Professional Development Program Participants

Judy Aschwanden (St. Helena HS) and Shay Williams-Hopper (Tulare Joint Union HS) will participate in the year-long NAAE XLR8 professional development program aimed to accelerate their ag teaching career. This year, NAAE received 85 applications for the XLR8 program that only has 20 spots available for participants each year.

Advanced Leadership Development Conference

The California Department of Education, working with Cal Poly, SLO and the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, will be conducting an Advanced Leadership Development Conference at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center in Sanger, California on December 7-9.  The goal of this conference is to help prepare and train agricultural educators to assume leadership roles in the agricultural education profession by developing their personal and professional leadership skills, as well as helping them understand the broader issues affecting agricultural education on a statewide basis.

The 2016 conference will primarily focus on developing and honing personal and professional skills such as effective writing; program management skills; mentoring; effective teaching strategies; and personal conduct and growth.  There is a $50 registration fee to attend the conference once your application has been accepted, and space is limited to 35 participants.

Applicants for this conference should have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience, or at minimum, successfully completed the 3-year sequence of the New Professionals Conference.  Priority will be given to those applicants who have been actively involved in leadership within the profession, and who desire to serve the profession upon completion of the Advanced Leadership Development Conference program.  It is expected that applicants will attend a 3-year sequence of conferences to complete the entire Advanced Leadership Development program.

The application can be found at Advanced Leadership Development Conference Application and must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 21.

Summer Conference - June 25 - 29, 2017

Website for "Vision 2030"

A NEW website for "Vision2030" has been created and the site address is Please save the link as one of your "favorites" as it will serve as the primary information/resource hub pertaining to Vision 2030.

Vision 2030 - Agriscience Education      

The Vision 2030 Committee has worked hard to put Agriscience education at the forefront of the NGSS and Common Core movements. As part of this evolution in agricultural education, materials have been created that can be infused into traditional agriculture courses as well as matching the new UC-approved lab science coursework. Teachers interested in using materials developed for the new Agriscience courses can access them by going to Google Drive.

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! 


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