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UACD Annual Convention

2023 UACD Convention.
November 7-8 
Dixie Convention Center



Keynote: Rick Werry


Rick Werry was born in a small town in Utah as the youngest of 4 kids growing up on a dairy farm. As a teenager he loved sports and being outdoors. In 2007 Rick married his college sweetheart Tara. One year later while building their house, Rick was in a construction accident and broke his neck. His life changed that day as he became paralyzed from the chest down. He was scared, sad and unsure what the future would hold when a nurse came into his hospital room. The nurse was holding a red pen and a calendar. She told him that any time he accomplished something he couldn't do the day before they would write it down and call it a "Red Letter Day". Rick has taken that nurses advice not only for recovering from a spinal cord injury, but also as a life lesson. In Rick’s "wheelchair life" he has accomplished so many amazing things. He has a handcycle and rides long distances, plays Wheelchair Rugby and is always hunting. Rick and Tara now have twin boys that are their whole life. He is a great dad and is always playing with the "boys". Rick has started to compile his life lessons and red-letter days into a memoir called “Red Letter Days”.

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Emily Fife, State Conservationist Natural Resource Conservation Service 

Commissioner Craig Buttars, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

2023 presentations:
NRCS Updates by Emily Fife
Ag Water Optimization Task Force by Aaron Austin
NACD Grant updates by Rachel Theleur

Districts bring your auction Items for Auxiliary Scholarship Auction. This LIVE auction is so much fun! Suggestion: ask local businesses for donations.

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