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About Weeds Across Borders
Weeds Across Borders began in 2002 with a conference in Tucson, Arizona. Organized by FICMNEW, the partnership of United States federal agencies, the conference sought to address the problem of weeds from an expanded, continental perspective. It emphasized that because weeds do not abide by political boundaries, extended cooperation and new partnerships are necessary. The success of the first conference was thus translated into a biennial conference that strives to advance the formation of partnerships, sharing of information, and coordination of programs that transcend traditional jurisdictional borders. In the years since its inception, Weeds Across Borders conferences have been held in Canada, Mexico, and the United States and have attracted participants and presenters from across each nation.

The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for educating, sharing, and disseminating knowledge about weed management, regulatory issues, and concerns regarding weed dispersal across and between jurisdictional boundaries in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Each conference is organized around an overall theme, but includes presentations on a wide variety of topics and perspectives. This year’s theme, “Plant Invasions: Policies, Politics, and Practices”, was conveyed through sessions on several topics, including status reports from each participating country, the importance of border management, awareness and education programs, and new and emerging issues.

2002
Tucson, Arizona, USA
2004
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2006
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
2008
Banff, Alberta, Canada
2010
Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA
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