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Improved Rodenticide Labels Coming Soon
NPMA
In a Jan. 21 letter to the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to lift the target pest restriction on rodenticides that removed the ability of applicators to control pest rodents other than house mice, Norway rats and roof rats in and around homes and other man-made structures. NPMA voiced concerns about the lack of rodenticide products available for professional use against important pests like white footed mice, pack rats, and voles, which prompted the ASPCRO inquiry. According to ASPCRO President John Scott, "this is an important step to ensure professionals have the tools they need to manage rodents that pose a significant public health risk, while still meeting the intent of EPA's rodenticide mitigation decision to ensure rodenticides do not pose a significant risk to children and non-target wildlife." Click here to read more.
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Majority Leader McCarthy to Speak at NPMA Legislative Day
NPMA
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy – the second highest-ranking member of the 435-member body - will be the special guest speaker at the Tuesday lunch at NPMA Legislative Day on Tuesday, March 17. A small business owner before he was elected to Congress in 2006 to represent a Bakersfield, CA area district, Leader McCarthy is deeply committed to eliminating unnecessary paperwork requirements and other government regulation and increasing government efficiency. He will discuss the House Republican agenda for the 114th Congress. Click here to read more about Leader McCarthy and here to register for NPMA Legislative Day.
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
NPMA ANNOUNCES 2015-2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES
Write-In Nominations Due Feb. 11

NPMA
The NPMA Board of Directors has ratified the candidates recommended by the NPMA Nominating Committee for the office of association secretary and members of the board of directors. Click here to view the list of board nominees for NPMA’s 2015-2016, beginning July 1st.

The Board of Directors election will be held this Spring, and all voting will be conducted online. To ensure you have the opportunity to vote, please make sure we have your proper email. Contact jdominguez@pestworld.org if you need to update your information.
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NPMA and PCT Release Business Profile Survey
NPMA
One of NPMA's most important objectives is to support our members by providing information to help them become more knowledgeable and profitable. Our most recent initiative in support of this objective is the creation of a business profile study that we conducted in partnership with PCT magazine. Based on nearly 600 responses, the survey results provide insight into how your finances compare to those of similar companies. With a focus on key expense areas such as wage and benefits, operating costs, vehicle costs, and material costs, NPMA members have exclusive access to crucial industry specific information to compare their business operations with other companies of similar size. The preview of the report will be available in this month's issue of PCT Magazine. The full survey report can be accessed by clicking here.
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PWIPM Now Accepting Nominations for the Professional Empowerment Grant
NPMA
PWIPM is now accepting nominations for their annual Professional Empowerment Grant. This grant will be awarded to one female who is interested in advancing or securing a career in pest management. This grant may be used by the recipient to defer costs related to advancing their career or education in the pest management industry. The grant will be a minimum of $1000. It also includes $500 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association's PestWorld in Nashville, TN in October 2015. Click here for more details and requirements.
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Bob Vila to Serve Again as Industry Spokesperson
NPMA
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) has once again retained noted home improvement expert Bob Vila to serve as a spokesperson for the industry during National Pest Management Month in April. Vila, who has spent his career helping people upgrade their homes and improve their lives, has hosted a variety of home renovation shows, most notably This Old House, and currently oversees a broad array of projects including the wildly successful website bearing his name. As part of his work for the industry, Vila will conduct a series of interviews with broadcast journalists around the country educating their viewers about spring pests and the importance of working with pest management professionals. His interviews last year on behalf of the industry garnered more than 35 million audience impressions. Thank you to all PPMA Guardians and Contributors who have enabled Mr. Vila’s work on behalf of the industry.
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The Professional Pest Management Alliance Unveils New Game Section on Pestworldforkids.org
NPMA
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of NPMA has unveiled a new game section on its children’s website, PestWorldForKids.org. This marks the completion of an extensive design overhaul to the educational hub that began last year. Click here for more details.
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Thank You for Participating in the NPMA Gives Program
NPMA
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:
  • Gannon Pest Control – Syracuse, NY

Click here to sign up for the NPMA Gives Program and to view the full list of participants.

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HEARD FROM THE HILL


NPMA/VPMA Bill Moving Through VA General Assembly
NPMA
On Wednesday, a subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources unanimously approved a bill spearheaded by the National and Virginia Pest Management Associations directing the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt rulemaking permitting pest and wildlife management professionals to use remote trap technology to satisfy the requirement that traps set for wildlife be checked every 24 hours. NPMA and VPMA member Craig Duncan testified in support of the bill.

Click here to see the grassroot alert sent out to Virginia PMPs encouraging the full committee to pass the bill.

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OK Legislators Set to Consider Fee Increase, Pollinator Protection Measures
NPMA
The Oklahoma Legislature will soon consider legislation significantly increasing business license fees for PMPs and other pesticide application businesses and a bill authorizing the Board of Agriculture to develop a pollinator protection plan to promote the health of and mitigate the risks to honeybees and other managed pollinators.
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Recertification Bill Pending in WA Legislature
NPMA
Washington State House Bill 1527 requires the Washington State Department of Agriculture to waive recertification requirements if the licensee can demonstrate that he or she is meeting comparable recertification standards through a private entity that has been approved by the Department.
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APHIS Forwards Fumigation Tax Proposal to OMB for Review
NPMA
The U.S Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently forwarded a rulemaking establishing a $375 fee to oversee export fumigations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. OMB reviews proposed regulations of a certain size to determine the economic impact and if there are alternative approaches. NPMA will meet with OMB in early February regarding this matter.
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CPCA Testifies at Key CO Legislative Committee Hearing
NPMA
Colorado Pest Control Association President Lee Kreidler recently testified before the Colorado Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee at a hearing on the Sunset Review of the Pesticide Applicators' Act. Under Colorado law, every government function and agency is periodically reviewed to ensure it is still necessary and operating efficiently; the need for PAA is being evaluated this year. NPMA has been working closely with CPCA to ensure that any legislative or administrative changes adopted during the Sunset Review process are workable, reasonable and justifiable.
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WDI Inspection Bill Introduced in MS
NPMA
Late last week, a Mississippi state senator introduced a bill requiring wood destroying infestation reports necessary for residential and commercial real estate closings to be provided by the seller of the property and that such requirement be duly noted on the Mississippi Official Wood Destroying Insect Report required by the Bureau of Plant Industry.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Coalition Pushes For Pesticide-Free Buffer Zones Around Schools
KHNL-TV
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


How to Make a Great First Impression on New Employees
By Mel Kleiman
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5 Key Attributes of Effective Leaders
By Betty Boyd
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Get More Media Coverage For Your Brand With These 4 Proven Tricks
By Emma Fitzpatrick
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


NPMA Featured in Well-Respected Trade Association Publication
NPMA
NPMA and its CEO, Bob Rosenberg, were featured in the most recent issue of CEO Update, a widely read association publication. Click here to read the article.
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Associate Certified Entomologist Program (ACE) Names New Chair
Entomological Society of America
Dr. Stuart Mitchell, BCE has been appointed Chair of the ACE Support Committee for the Entomological Society of America.
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James R. Willix certified as an Associate Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation
Viking Pest Control
James R. Willix of Viking Pest Control was recently certified as an Associate Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation.
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IN MEMORIAM


In Memoriam: Brian W. Tunis
NPMA
Mr. Brian W. Tunis, age 47, of Buford, GA, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
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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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