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 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.