2018 UWCA Conference

Utah State Fair Park Grand Building

The 2018 UWCA Weed Control Conference was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 20 - 21 at the Grand Building at the Utah State Fair Park. Participants braved hazardous conditions with snow and ice in order to attend. As ususal, the conference was a great success! All breaks were sponsored by Alligare, Integrated Weed Control and Helena Chemical and both lunches were provided by Pat’s BBQ and were absolutely delicious! Vice-president, Jody Gale, organized a great line up of speakers assisted by the other committee members. There were many who worked hard to arrange for great speakers. We appreciate all those who gave time and expertise and some who travelled great distances to offer presentations. There are many who work behind the scenes who worked so hard in preparing for the conference and we appreciate them greatly! Thanks to all those who attended. It was great to be with you!

The conference was well attended with 202 attendees. A good representation of Federal, State, County, USU Extension and private individuals and businesses were in attendance. We also had 7 vendors in attendance.

2018 UWCA Conference welcome

Featured topics included many appropriate presentations such as changes to the noxious weed laws, biocontrol updates, restorations after wildfire, ATV safety, herbicide drift demonstration, pollinator safety, weed management in alfalfa, fruit orchards and turf and ornamentals, healthy soils, annual grass ID and management, weed ID and eDDMapS update among others.

USU Ext. Weed Specialist UDAF

We were introduced to the "Real" Steve Young (above left), USU Ext. Weed Specialist. Aaron Eager (above right) replaced Rich Riding at UDAF.

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Noteworthy events


UWCA President, Dave Bingham, welcomed conference attendees to Richfield. He spoke about the need for continuing education for not only weed control professionals, but for private landowners, businesses and government officials. Education vs. enforcement could save time and money over the long run by recruiting others to the cause by showing them the need, cost benefits, the techniques, etc.

2018 UWCA Conference President David Bingham

Keynote Speaker

"Farmer Extraordinaire," Luke Petersen, spoke on building relationships in our communities and how his family worked to integrate and educate their rapidly expanding community surrounding his family farm in the Salt Lake valley.

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New Vice-President Elect

Jake Forsgren (below), Cache County Weed Supervisor, won the election over his worthy opponents, Tim Higgs, Cory Worwood and Pat Brown. We look forward to working with Jake over the next several years in the UWCA Presidency.

2018/19 VP-Elect

UWCA awards

Congratulations to all the awards winners and a big thanks for your wonderful efforts towards weed control.

Outstanding County Weed Supervisor Weed Supervisor Award
Bert Harris (center) with VP Jody Gale (left) and Henry Ortega (right)
Outstanding Weed Worker Award Weed Worker Award
Kay Inglestead (left) and Lynn Allan (right) with VP Jody Gale (center)
Helena & Steve Regan
Weed Board
Weed Board Award
Box Elder County
VP Jody Gale (left), Clair Volk (center), Mark Anderson (right)
DOW Agro
Environmental Awareness Award Environmental Awareness Award
Patrick Nelson (accepted by John Wells on right) with VP Jody Gale (left) and Bruce Johnson (center)
Biological Award Biological Control Award
Brandon Hunt, Davis County Weed Supervisor (right) with VP Jody Gale (left)
Integrated Weed Control


The Conference would not be complete without the support from our chemical and equipment vendors.. Representatives from Alligare, Bio-West, DOW Agro, Norstar, Nufarm, Target Specialty Products, and Wilbur-Ellis were available during the entire conference. A special thanks to Alligare, Integrated Weed Control and Helena Chemical for sponsoring breaks this year.

Vendor - DOW Agro Vendor - NufarmVendor - Alligare Vendor - Target Specialty ProductsVendor - Bio-West Vendor - Wilbur-EllisVendor - Norstar


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Conference goers enjoyed two wonderful lunches provided by Pat’s BBQ for both days of the conference.

Door Prizes

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The ever popular door prizes continued this year with some great prizes. Around a $1,000 worth of prizes.

Next Year, 2019

VP Bruce Johnson President Jody Gale

The tentative location for next years conference will be announced at a later time, but look for it to be somewhere in southern Utah. President Jody Gale (above right) and Bruce Johnson (above left) is the Vice-President and is in charge of the program for the 2019 conference. Contact Bruce at 801-589-6165 or bjohnson@ifa-coop.com for more information.