California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar


July 9 - Governing Board

September 18 - Southern Region Meeting

September 25 - North Coast Region Meeting

October 10 - South Coast Region Meeting

Oct 27-Oct 30 - National FFA Convention

November 4-5 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 6 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 12 - Superior Region

November 20 - Central Region Meeting

November 20 - San Joaquin Region Meeting

November 30 - December 4 - NAAE Conference, New Orleans

December 2-4 - Community College Midwinter Institute

January 6-7 - Student Teacher Conclave

January 14 - CATA Winter Governing Board

January 22 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

January 31 - February 1 - Supervising Teachers Institute

February 5 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 12 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly Pomona

February 26 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Mission Oaks HS, Tulare

February 26 - Central Region Meeting, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento

February 28 - South Coast Region Meeting, San Luis Obispo HS, SLO

February 28 - North Coast Region Meeting, Ferndale Fairgrounds

March 4-5 - UC Davis Field Day

March 12 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico HS

March 26-29 - State FFA Leadership Conference

March 2 CRC Field Day-

April 9 - CSU, Fresno Field Day

April 25-27- NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Washington

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

CATA Hall of Fame - Class of 2005

Richard Boucher

Tulare HS

Teacher of Excellence

Richard Boucher spent his entire 33-1/2 year career teaching agriculture at the Tulare High School District. During his tenure the program grew from about 50 students and one FFA Chapter to 600 students and two chapters. He was strongly involved in the CATA for 34 years. He was the agriculture department chairman of the five-teacher department for 27 years. His dedication and commitment to the youth of Tulare, and the positive role model he provided through teaching and counseling has earned the respect and admiration of the community. Richard strongly supported the FFA and SOE programs at Tulare Union, Tulare Western, and the State of California. Many of his former students are still involved in either farming, or the agriculture industry. His community involvement includes serving on boards, church activities and service clubs.


Larry Crabtree

Sutter HS

Teacher of Excellence

In 36 years Larry Crabtree has raised three children and built a tremendous agriculture program at Sutter High School. His 95 State and six American FFA Degree winners are just a fraction of the students who have achieved excellence under his tutelage. He has been a positive caring role model for the profession who rallied the troops and lead the charge to "Save our Bureau" and reinstate regional delivery of agriculture education. His inspirational style has touched students and peers alike. Larry Crabtree is what agriculture education leaders should be, innovative, committed, caring and a person of action. He is always able to provide perspective with humor and wisdom. His community, his school, his students, and his peers are better for having rubbed shoulders with this gentle giant.


Leonard Eugene DeRuiter

Hanford HS

Teacher of Excellence

Leonard DeRuiter graduated from Hanford High School in 1958, attended college, entered the Peace Corps, and returned as an agriculture instructor at Hanford High School in 1965. He spent his entire 37 year career at Hanford where he retired in 2002. During Leonard's tenure at Hanford High School students excelled in competitive events. During his 37 years, Hanford FFA won more state and national championships than any other chapter in California. The Hanford program produced three national FFA officers during his career. While at Hanford he supervised 40 plus student teachers and hosted student teacher tours of the Hanford program.