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 2011


Richard Nimphius

Riverdale High School, 1968-1970 - Grace M. Davis High School, 1971-1980 - Modesto Junior College, 1980-2006

Teacher of Excellence
Honorary American Degree

Richard Nimphius had a tremendous impact on agricultural education in California, especially in the central valley. As a high school instructor for twelve years he coached several successful teams including three state champion Poultry Judging Teams, one of which all three members would become successful ag teachers. Richards’s philosophy of strong classroom instruction being the foundation for all other successes allowed him to truly operate programs at both the high school and community college levels that excelled. He was a true believer in the integration of technology in the classroom and the field, and used that technology to aid in the instruction of over twenty different courses taught in his tenure at Modesto Junior College. Richard worked diligently as Dean of Agriculture at MJC to promote the program being the first California Community College to display an Agriculture Booth at the National FFA Convention, thus drawing students from across the nation to Modesto Junior College.

Bud West

Tracy High School, 1969-1983 - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1983-1984 - Reedley College, 1984-2007

Star State FFA Advisor
Teacher of Excellence
CATA Outstanding Teacher

Bud West’s positive attitude, innovative ideas, and high standards have defined his teaching career. Bud began teaching at Tracy High School where he took leadership development to new levels. Under his tutelage Tracy FFA boasted a string of ten consecutive years with a first or second place winner in regional extemporaneous or prepared public speaking, two state champion parliamentary procedure teams, ten central region officers and five state FFA officers. He did this while teaching meat processing and welding. Bud transitioned into an agribusiness instructor and department head at Reedley College where he led the AGNR programs with emphasis on high technology, industry-related skill training. Again his passion for student leadership drove the creation of the first community college agricultural ambassador program.