Delta Tau Alpha (DTA) was founded in 1960 as a result of a proposal by Professor John D. Schatz, Southwest Missouri State College during the 1958 NACTA Conference. Professor Schatz believed that there was a need for a national organization or society for agricultural majors in the non-land grant colleges and universities for promoting and honoring scholarship in these schools and he moved that such a national scholastic society be organized. Thus, DTA became a reality. A complete history of DTA may be found in the National Constitution & By-Laws.


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2018 DTA National Convention

April 5 - 7
Eastern Kentucky University,Richmond, KY

Awards are presented to:

  • Outstanding chapter (Corbus Award)
  • Outstanding teacher-advisor
  • Winner of an agricultural knowledge contest (Ag Bowl) 
The convention rotates among three regions (east, midwest and south).


National DTA Leadership

National President
Sydney Kleinert, Eastern Kentucky University
National Secretary
Bethany McKinney, Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Beth Walker – DTA National Advisor
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NACTA Members –

This year in the Business Meeting, held at the 2017 NACTA Conference at Purdue University, members will be voting on changes to the NACTA Constitution and the NACTA Foundation Constitution. As required by our Constitution, any changes requiring a vote must be available for the general membership to review 30 days in advance of the vote. Please click on the links below and review the suggested changes to the NACTA Constitution and the NACTA Foundation Constitution. If you have any concerns, please email these to the NACTA Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before our meeting at Purdue on June 28 – July 1.

Thank you.

NACTA Foundation

The NACTA Foundation (NACTAF) was chartered in 1985. The foundation solicits and accepts tax deductible gifts from individuals, companies and organizations to:
  • Reward professionalism in agricultural teaching
  • Improve teaching quality in agriculture
  • Encourage research to develop quality instruction


According to the NACTAF's Constitution:


ARTICLE II.  Purposes.

The purposes for which this organization is formed are as follows -- The objects and purposes are philanthropic, charitable and educational in support of NACTA: to encourage, promote and reward instructional excellence in agriculture, natural and environmental sciences, and the research supporting this instruction; to support the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture for the professional advancement of college level instruction in agriculture; and to seek improvement in post-secondary teaching of agriculture through examination and discussion of curricula, course organization, teaching techniques, facilities and materials.


The NACTA Foundation was the brainchild of a group of past- presidents of NACTA who thought it would be a great idea to create an endowment that would be able to fund all the regional teaching awards and support other financial needs related to recognizing outstanding teaching. In the beginning, contributions to the Foundation were sporadic and slow, but as the years passed the Foundation became more familiar to our membership and the endowment grew more quickly. Currently, there is approximately $90,000 in the foundation fund.

To show member support of the NACTA Foundation, $5 of each annual membership is contributed to the NACTA Foundation.


Currently the NACTA Foundation supports these teaching/leadership awards:

  • Distinguished Educator
  • Teaching Award of Excellence
  • Central, Southern, Western, Eastern Regional Outstanding Teacher Awards
  • Murray Brown NACTA Leadership Award


NACTA is a recognized 501C non-profit organization and contributions to NACTA are tax deductible.

To increase the ability of NACTA to recognize outstanding teaching through its awards program, please consider a donation to the Foundation. A donation form has been attached for your convenience.


Thank you!


Donation Form


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As required by the NACTA Constitution and By-laws, members of the Executive Committee present annual reports at the June meeting. Reports from each year are maintained at this location.
You may download an annual report file below.

 June 2008 Annual Report  June 2009 Annual Report  June 2010 Annual Report  June 2011 Annual Report  June 2012 Annual Report
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