California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 19 - Executive Committee Meeting, Teleconference

September 20-21 - Southern Region Meeting, Imperial Valley

September 20-21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Arcata HS

October 13 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister HS

Oct 27-Nov 2 - National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

November 6-7 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 9 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15 - Superior Region Meeting, Auburn/Rocklin Area

November 22-23 - San Joaquin Region Meeting/Roadshow, Tenaya Lodge

November 23 - Central Region Meeting, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne

December 3-7 - NAAE Conference, Anaheim

December 5-7 - Community College Midwinter Institute, College of the Sequoias, Visalia

January 9-10 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto JC

January 15-17 - CATA Advanced Leadership Conference, Wonder Valley

January 15-17 – Winter Governing Board, Wonder Valley

January 25 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 1 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 3-4 - Supervising Teachers Institute, Sacramento

February 22 - Central Region Meeting, El Capitan HS, Merced

February 22 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Mission Oak HS,Tulare

February 24 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 14 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico HS

March 21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Analy HS, Sebastopol

March 28 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly, Pomona

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

April 22-25- NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Las Vegas

April 23-26 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

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

CATA Hall of Fame - Class of 2006

James W. Bailey

University of Missouri 1949; Cal Poly Pomona1956; Cal Poly SLO 1962; Hanford HS 1957; Fullerton HS 1958; Sunny Hills HS 1959 – 1984; Fullerton CC 1965 – 1974; Cal Poly Pomona 1979 – 1982

Teacher of Excellence

James has been an agriculture educator to thousands of student throughout Orange County . Through his hard work and effort he established a premier program at Sunny Hills HS, and served as a district coordinator overseeing five high school ag programs, developing district wide curriculum, overseeing funding and special projects, and mentoring other agriculture teachers. After retiring James mission became the construction of what is now know as Centennial Farms a hands on learning center. Every year over 50,000 elementary school children tour this farm and are taught the importance of agriculture in their lives.


Keith Smith

Cal Poly SLO 1957; Cal Poly SLO 1963; Washington Union HS 1958 – 1960; Placerville HS 1960 – 1972; Central Region Supervisor 1974 – 1976; South Coast Region Supervisor 1976 -1978; Cal Poly SLO 1978 – 1983; North Coast Region Supervisor 1986 – 1992

Keith’s stellar 33 year career included 14 years as a high school agriculture teacher, regional supervisor for three different regions and working as a teacher educator. He took an active part in fostering agriculture education and placed considerable effort in assisting students with learning difficulties or handicaps his goal was to serve all students. Keith served as the Director of the Mexico Agriculture Education Program while at Cal Poly SLO, and participated in the “Save our Bureau” efforts.