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Weeds Across Borders Conference coming soon


April 21, 2010
By Fruit & Vegetable

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April
19, 2010, Lawrence, KS – Cross-border efforts to manage North America’s
invasive plants and weeds will be the focus of an upcoming Weeds Across Borders conference scheduled for June
1 to 4 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. 



April
19, 2010, Lawrence, KS – Cross-border efforts to manage North America’s
invasive plants and weeds will be the focus of an upcoming Weeds Across Borders conference scheduled for June
1 to 4 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. 

The biennial event is
expected to draw participants from
Canada, Mexico and the United States who are interested in sharing information
on weeds and collaborating to stop their spread.

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“Unfortunately weeds
don’t respect jurisdictional boundaries,” said John Jachetta, president of the
Weed Science Society of America. “That makes partnerships and cross-country
cooperation critical to effective management programs.”

The theme of this year’s
conference is Plant Invasions: Policies, Politics and Practices. The agenda
includes presentations, training sessions and field tours focused on a variety
of hot topics:

  • Effective weed
    management policies
  • Working with the
    horticultural industry across country borders
  • Applied research reports
    on vegetative management, weed biology and ecosystem protection
  • Border management and
    jurisdictional issues
  • Ecological factors
    impacting the spread of invasive plants and weeds
  • Affordable weed
    management solutions
  • Educational programs to
    promote public awareness
  • Early detection and
    rapid response to weed invasions New and emerging issues in vegetation
    management
  • Weeds along the pathways, rivers and trails of the
    Appalachian Mountains

Conference sponsor is
the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic
Weeds
. Both public and private agencies are supporting the effort, including:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency,
UNAM-National University of Mexico, Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, U.S.
Bureau of Land Management
, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service
.

For more information or
to register to attend, visit www.weedcenter.org/wab2010.