Chad Reid NACAA Western Region Professional Improvement Conference
The Chad Reid Western Region Professional Improvement Conference is to foster growth and development amongst the western states agricultural agents serving in a diversity of disciplines. From areas in animal science to environmental science, and beyond, this conference will offer ample opportunity for all agents to learn about some of the western advances in agricultural production and sustaining the livelihoods and investments of our constituents.
Chad Reid worked as a Natural Resource/ Agricultural Extension Professor in Iron County for Utah State University, Range Area Agent for five Counties in Southern Utah, coordinator for Cedar Mountain Initiative and Adjunct Professor for Southern Utah University. He was headquartered in Washington County out of St. George. Because of the Arizona Strip being north of the Grand Canyon and yet still in Arizona, Rob Grumbles out of Mohave County worked closely with the Washington County crew in collaboration. The collaboration continues today with different professionals. Most of the producers who worked the Arizona Strip with cattle lived in Washington County. Chad was the original driver in an effort to give Western Region agents a chance to deliver research and educational reports that could be cited in tenure/Continuing Appointment packets. He is the one that envisioned the meeting and helped set the original standards, recruited states to participate, and gave it the energy to be born and thrive.
Chad was pivotal in reviving and strengthening the Iron County Cattlemen Association, and was also a member of the Iron County Weed Board, Utah Weed Board, Southwest Jr. Livestock Board, Utah Society of Range Management, and Chairman of the Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival. Chad honored his community, farmers, and ranchers by establishing the Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival. He also loved sharing his passion for agriculture with his students through his work with the Southwest Jr. Livestock, Iron County FFA and 4-H programs. Chad was Cedar City Man of the Year and was honored as the Grand Marshall for Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival September 7, 2019, where a black champion steer was sold 8 times in succession to raise money on behalf of Chad and his family in his final months suffering from a debilitating disease known as Lou Gehrig's.
Chad Reid was one of the Utah agriculture leaders that brought the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) conferences to Salt Lake City.
So come join us for farm tours and demos, educational seminars on the latest scientific discoveries in agriculture, and the opportunity to network and socialize with your fellow western agents serving the land grant University of Arizona and Cooperative Extension!
Agenda coming soon!