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 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.