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An Agricultural Educator By Choice, Not By Chance      
Agricultural Educators have the privilege to inspire young people and create dynamic learning experiences, all while sharing their passion for agriculture.

We are Agricultural Educators by choice and not by chance. We believe in American agriculture; we dedicate our lives to its development and the advancement of its people.

As of 2016, there are over 750 Agricultural Education instructors in 330 high schools and middle school programs. Agriculture teachers provide instruction in everything from Ag Biology and Ag Chemistry to Floriculture and Agricultural Mechanics, and everything in between.

Agricultural Education teachers, and it's professional organizations CATA (California Agriculture Teacher's Association) and NAAE (National Association of Agricultural Educators) are dedicated to providing Agricultural Education for the global community through:
  • Visionary Leadership,
  • Advocacy, and
  • Service.
CATA and NAAE seek to advance Agricultural Education and promote the professional interests and growth of agriculture teachers as well as recruit and prepare students who have a desire to teach agriculture. The organizations are dedicated to developing professional pride and competency, to nourishing a spirit of unity among classroom teachers, and to recognizing members for conducting outstanding programs.

About California Ag Teachers' Association (CATA)      
The California Agriculture Teachers' Association was formed in 1920. The purpose of the organization is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work.

How to Join      
A professional association for teachers and staff members of Agricultural Education in secondary, post secondary and statewide programs.

Officers & Leadership      
Professional leadership and advocacy, including state officers, division chairs and committee leadership.

Summer Conference      
The annual professional conference including regional and state business meetings, curricular code review, professional sessions and educational inservice classes.

Professional award programs honor individual teachers and programs, including the CATA Hall of Fame, who have rendered outstanding service to our profession.

Teaching Resources      
Including: Curriculum, teaching and classroom resources

Become an Ag Teacher      
Ag teachers never have the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for a FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter. California faces a shortage of Agriculture teachers to lead, inspire and motivate the next generation of agricultural leaders. Do what you love. Love what you do. Teach Ag!

Our Mission
Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

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