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NPMA's Public Policy Team Adds a Director of Regulatory Affairs
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NPMA is happy to welcome Andrew Bray as our new director of regulatory affairs. Andrew has an extensive background working on regulatory, legislative and political matters. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2003, Andrew worked in the regulatory affairs department at the American Meat Institute (AMI), where he handled international affairs and food safety issues for the meat industry.

After a stint on Capitol Hill, Andrew returned to school to pursue his law degree. Andrew graduated magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law in 2013. Andrew has since worked in private practice as a trial attorney.

As director of regulatory affairs, Andrew will report to Jim Fredericks, NPMA’s vice president of technical and regulatory affairs and will be responsible for managing state and federal regulatory issues. Andrew is eager and excited to apply his legal knowledge and experience at NPMA while returning to his roots working in the regulatory and public policy arenas.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Is Your Team Staffed Up for the New Year?
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There are currently 41 job opportunities posted from 25 different pest management employers on the NPMA Career Center. With its focus on pest control industry companies and professionals, the Career Center offers members, and the industry at large, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Visit the Career Center today to browse and post jobs!
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There is Still Time to Register for the 2015 Wildlife Expo
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There is still time to register for the 2015 Wildlife Expo, Feb. 3-5 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.! The Wildlife Expo will provide both technical and business-related information to professionals who are involved in wildlife management or are considering offering this valuable add-on service. Click here for more details and registration.

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Thank You for Participating in the NPMA Gives Program
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Several companies have recently announced their participation in NPMA Gives, a program created by NPMA to provide its members with a way to recognize their contributions to their communities. The following companies recently committed to donating one percent of their annual net profit in 2015 through either monetary, product or service contributions in an attempt to give back to our community:
  • Allgood Pest Solutions – Duluth, GA
  • Bug Busters Inc. – Acworth, GA
  • Hassman Termite and Pest Control - Salina, KS
  • Terminix Company – Greensboro, NC
  • Yankee Pest Control – Malden, MA
Click here to sign up for the NPMA Gives Program and to view the full list of participants.

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Member Benefit Highlight: Prescription Discount Program & Telehealth Hotline
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Did you know that according to the Wellness Council of America, over 70 percent of urgent care, and doctor office visits can be safely handled over the phone? Did you know that prescription drug discount cards beat co-pay fees 7 out of 10 times? With the significant impact that increasing health care and insurance costs have on your bottom line, you must learn about how NPMA's latest member benefits can save you, your family, your employees and their families time and money! Click here to learn about Prescrpt, a prescription discount card and here to learn about the Telehealth and Wellness Hotline, a virtual physician network.
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Identifying Pollen Sources from Foraging Honey Bees
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Managed honey bees are of vital importance to our agricultural system and have multiple threats facing them, including a loss of foraging land and poor diet. Foraging honey bees may travel several miles in search of pollen and nectar and it is very difficult to track great numbers of bees over such distances. To address this question, a team of scientists from Ohio State University led by Dr. Rodney T. Richardson recently published a research paper exploring honey bees and their foraging patterns with the intention of being able to identify the sources of pollen brought by worker bees back to the hive. The researchers engaged in melissopalynology, the study of bee-collected pollen, by using a new molecular technique (metabarcoding) to determine the plants frequented by managed hives in Madison County, Ohio. 19 families of plants were identified via pollen samples and trees (maple, ash, and others), dandelion, and mustard made up the bulk of the foraged pollen.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of Applications in Plant Sciences under the title, ”Application of ITS2 Metabarcoding to Determine the Provenance of Pollen Collected by Honey Bees in an Agroecosystem”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


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HEARD FROM THE HILL


Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Adopts Rulemaking Allowing for Third Party Administered Exams
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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture last week adopted rulemaking allowing for the administration of and payment for examination of certified applicators conducted by other agencies or private contractors, under agreements with the Department. The rulemaking will expand test taking opportunities – both in terms of time frame and location – for PMPs and the rest of the regulated community. Kudos to the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association for encouraging the Department to promulgate the rule change.
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Three Pesticide/Pest Management Bills Filed in AZ
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Three pesticide/pest management related bills were introduced during the first week of the Arizona Legislature’s 2015 legislative session. House Bill 2465 would ban the sale and use of certain neonicotinoid pesticides while House Bill 2181 repeals the longstanding requirement that schools notify parents in advance of pesticide treatments.

Finally, a leading state senator last week filed a bill the Arizona Pest Professional Organization and Arizona Department of Agriculture helped develop making technical correction to the law governing structural pest control. Click here to read Senate Bill 1078.

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WV Lawmakers Considering Pesticide Applicator Fee, Remote Trap Technology Bills
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West Virginia lawmakers will soon take up legislation authorizing the Division of Natural Resources to promulgate a legislative rule permitting wildlife damage control agents to use remote trap technology in lieu of a daily physical trap check. NPMA has been pushing the remote trap technology issue with West Virginia policy makers for the last year. Click here to read SB 150 and here to read the rulemaking.

The General Assembly will also soon consider legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Agriculture to promulgate a legislative rule increasing the annual fee for commercial applicators and registered technicians from $10 to $20. Click here to read SB 213 and here to read the rulemaking.

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Sunset Review of CO Pesticide Applicators' Act Moves Forward
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The Colorado Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on the Sunset Review of the Pesticide Applicators’ Act (PAA). Under Colorado law, every government function and agency is periodically reviewed to ensure it is still necessary and operating efficiently; the need for the PAA is being evaluated this year. A state agency charged with grading state agencies and government functions and suggesting improvements recently gave the Department of Agriculture’s administration of the PAA glowing marks. NPMA has been working closely with the Colorado Pest Control Association to ensure that any legislative or administrative changes adopted during the Sunset Review process are workable, reasonable and justifiable. Click here to see the alert NPMA recently sent out to CO PMPs.
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Montgomery County (MD) Pesticide Ban Council Hears Pesticide Bill
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The Montgomery County (MD) Council last week held a public hearing on legislation it is considering that would severely limit the use of pesticides on county property and on private lawns. Almost 40 people testified on the bill including the Maryland Pest Control Association’s Brian Schoonmaker, who effectively outlined how the measure would adversely impact pest control in the county. Three quarters of the audience (approximately 300 plus people) were outwardly opposed to the bill, either wearing stickers or holding signs against the legislation. Due to the large audience, the Council will hold another hearing on Feb. 12. Click here and here to view coverage on the council meeting.
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Pesticide/Pest Management Bills Prefiled in OR
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Oregon legislators last week prefiled legislation for the upcoming 2015 legislative session requiring the Oregon Department of Agriculture to adopt rules prohibiting the application of pesticide products containing neonicotinoids, allowing the Department to require reexamination of licensees or certificate holders that commit a violation indicating inadequate knowledge of Oregon pesticide laws, and expanding the list of lands on which fireworks may be used to repel birds and other animals. Click here to read the neonicotinoid bill, here to see the reexamination measure and here for the fireworks legislation.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Food Groups Ask Obama to Protect Honeybees From Pesticides
The Hill
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Will Hawaii Lawmakers Address Concerns About Pesticides?
Civil Beat
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Rodent Control: Poison or Predators?
Santa Cruz Sentinel
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Are You Indispensable to Your Customers?
By Adrian Davis
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3 Consumer-Centric Trends Your Business Needs to Know
By Emma Fitzpatrick
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15 Simple Exercises to Strengthen Your Leadership
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Spring Training For Midwest PMPs Set for February
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The Wisconsin Pest Control Association (WPCA) is hosting its annual two-day educational conference, Spring Training, Feb. 10-11, 2015 at the Kalahari Water Park Resort in Wisconsin Dells. For more details visit www.wisconsinpest.com.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
Jan. 28-29, 2015 SouthWestern Conference Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 3-5, 2015 Wildlife Expo Myrtle Beach, SC
Feb. 10-11, 2015 Southern Conference Memphis, TN

  To view the calendar of events, click here.


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