California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar


June 23 - Governing Board

September 16-17 - Southern Region Meeting

September 30 - October 1 - North Coast Region Meeting
Superior Region Meeting

October 9 - South Coast Region Meeting

Oct 26-Oct 29 - National FFA Convention

November 5 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 8-9 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 18-19 - Central Region Meeting

November 18-19 - San Joaquin Region Meeting

November 27 - December 1 - NAAE Conference, Las Vegas

November 30 - December 3 - Community College Midwinter Institute

January 5-6 - Student Teacher Conclave

January 13 - CATA Winter Governing Board

January 21 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

January 29-30 - Supervising Teachers Institute

February 4 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 11 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

February 25 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 25 - Central Region Meeting

February 27 - South Coast Region Meeting, Atascadero

March 3-4 - UC Davis Field Day

March 16-19 - State FFA Leadership Conference

April 1 - North Coast Region Meeting, Livermore

April 1 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly Pomona

April 22 - CSU, Fresno Field Day

May 6 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25-29 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 29 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

CATA Hall of Fame - Class of 2014

Del Petersen

Santa Maria High School, 1966-2005, Allan Hancock Junior College, 1971-1973

Teacher of Excellence
Honorary American Degree

Del Petersen began his teaching career in Santa Maria as an addition to a two-person department, and he remained there for 39 years.   After he became department chair of the program, it grew considerably – eventually becoming a five-person program with over 550 students involved.  His early adoption and use of computer technology in the program resulted in the first computer aided instructional lab in the state.  He was active in CATA, where he served as a sectional and regional officer, as well as serving on statewide committees at Cow Palace and State Fair.  He also inspired many students to pursue careers in agricultural education, with 15 former students receiving credentials to teach ag ed.  Under his guidance, the Santa Maria program was recognized as the Western Region Outstanding Agriculture Program in 1988.