CATA April Updates

By: Matt Patton, CATA Executive Director

CATA Summer Conference

The CATA 2021 Conference will be virtually held the week of June 21-24. The conference will focus on recognizing California Ag Teachers’ achievements, the organization’s business, camaraderie, and professional development. CATA Summer Conference registration is now being accepted, and paperwork is being processed. Everything can be submitted electronically by following the procedures outlined on the online registration form at   

After your information has been entered, the final page will contain a receipt number; print a copy of this page for your records, then forward to your district for processing. An e-mail confirmation will also be sent. If a purchase order is not yet available, please input “pending” in the appropriate box and forward a hardcopy of the purchase order to the CATA office when it becomes available. 

Contact Kerry Stockton for any changes to registration or additional information.


Registration for continuing education units (CEUs) must be processed directly through Fresno Pacific on their website.

  • Summer Conference 1 CEU: $90 (To receive credit, you must attend your regional meeting and two professional sessions.)
  • Regional Meeting/Road Show 1 CEU: $90 (To receive credit, you must attend and sign in at both Fall and Spring Regional Meetings as well as the Road Show.)

If you have not renewed your CATA dues for 2020-2021, please do so now. Click this link for a membership application to complete and send in.

NAAE Region l

California will be hosting the NAAE Region l meeting in 2024. This is a date change in the Region l rotation as a result of COVID-19. Originally, California was scheduled to host in 2022, and initial planning had begun, but we were not contractually obligated to venues or hotels. Other states had deposits and contracts in place that were delayed by the pandemic. California was asked to defer to 2024 to help other states that were facing financial ramifications from cancelations. Washington will host in 2022 and Montana will host in 2023.

Being a Professional

In the world of virtual Career Development and Leadership Development Events, California FFA is on display to the world. Parents, grandparents, administrators, industry, and agricultural education stakeholders all have access to these events. It may be easier to bend the rules in the virtual arena, but those events are also broadcast to a much larger audience with the ability to record. As agricultural teachers, we need to carry ourselves with the utmost decorum and character, and impart our students to do the same. Modeling professionalism at all times is what sets us apart.

CATA Website

The CATA website is being redesigned, and we need your help. Please send high-resolution pictures of you and your students that tell the story of our great profession. The new site will be revealed at CATA Summer Conference in June. Pictures can be downloaded here.

Curricular Code Changes

Please remember that CATA Curricular Code Changes are due to the CATA office by June 1, 2021. Proposed changes should be emailed to

For more information about the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, visit

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