California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 7 - Executive Committee Meeting, Galt

September 22-23 - Southern Region Meeting, Mission Bay

September 23 - North Coast Region Meeting, Dixon

October 15 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 23-28 - National FFA Convention,Indianapolis, IN

November 3 - Superior Region Meeting, Alturas

November 4 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15-16 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 17-18 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 18 - Central Region Meeting, Elk Grove

November 30 - December 2 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Solvang

December 5-9 - NAAE Conference, Nashville

January 4-5 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 11-12 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 20 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 3 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 24 - Central Region Meeting, Modesto JC

February 24 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 26 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 10 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 24- North Coast Region Meeting, Kelseyville

April 7 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 21 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 22-25 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

April 25-28 - NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Utah

May 5 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 245 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 24 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 24-28 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 28 - 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.