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NPMA's Harrington Resigns to Accept a New Position
NPMA
After a 20-year career, National Pest Management Association Vice President of Legislative Affairs Gene Harrington recently left NPMA to accept another position as the Biotechnology Industry Organization's Director of State Advocacy for State Government Affairs, Food and Agriculture.

Harrington started at NPMA in May of 1994 as Manager of Government Affairs. Over the next two decades he was promoted to Director and Vice President. Last October, Harrington was inducted into Pest Management Professional magazine's Hall of Fame.

"We appreciate Gene’s countless contributions to NPMA over the past two decades," said NPMA CEO Bob Rosenberg. "Gene played an integral role in elevating NPMA’s public policy program during his time at NPMA, helping the organization score significant legislative and regulatory victories at both the federal and state levels."

"I’m privileged to have worked with such first class people while at NPMA. Their commitment to the industry is truly inspiring," said Harrington. "I especially want to thank NPMA’s members, who let me into their hearts and, quite literally, their homes. Most humbling, they entrusted me with the responsibility of representing their businesses and livelihoods in State Capitals and the Hall of Congress and that is something I never took for granted and that I wore as the ultimate badge of honor every day I came to work. I wish NPMA and its members nothing but the best."

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Next Week is Termite Awareness Week!
NPMA
Termite Awareness Week runs March 15-21. As many in the industry know, termites cause over $5 billion in property damage each year. Have you thought about how to share this and other facts about termite prevention and inspections with your customers? PPMA will be tweeting all week to bring awareness about termites to the general public. Join us in sharing the information by using #TermiteWeek.
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Attending Legislative Day 2015? There's an App for That!
NPMA
The mobile app created just for Legislative Day 2015 is now live! Download it for free to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Once installed, you will have instant access to awesome features, like:
  • The full event schedule and customizable agenda
  • The most up-to-date Senate appointment schedule
  • Detailed info about keynote speakers
  • Social sharing with other attendees
  • Notifications of important updates
  • And more!

Ready to get started? To download scan the provided QR code or search for "NPMA Events" in the iTunes store or Play store. Blackberry and Windows users may access the web version of the app by visiting the following link: https://crowd.cc/legislative2015.

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My.NPMAPestWorld.org Site Maintenance – March 11
NPMA
On Wednesday, March 11, the My.NPMAPestWorld.org site will be down for maintenance beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. The site is expected to be down for approximately one hour. We apologize for the disruption and appreciate your patience. Please contact us as npma@pestworld.org if you have any questions.
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Peek Inside PestWorld Magazine
NPMA
PestWorld, NPMA’s bi-monthly magazine, offers an in-depth look at industry trends. Regular columns include a look at innovative business practices in the industry, regulatory updates, and sales and marketing opportunities.

Take a look at what’s inside the March/April 2015 issue:
  • How to Gear Up Before the Busy Season
  • Spring Opportunities
  • Tackling the Tech Savvy Tax Man
  • Incorporating Video into Your Marketing Strategy

Click here to view the magazine. To submit an article or find out more about this publication, contact Janay Rickwalder.

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Spring Pest Gazette Now Available
NPMA
Spring is right around the corner and the Spring issue of Pest Gazette will help you give your customers and prospects a description of the various types of pests that may take over their home during the season. The Pest Gazette is customizable – you can add your logo, your contact information and an article of your choice. Click here to view the current issue. Click here to fill out an order form or contact us at pestgazette@pestworld.org.
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Member Benefit Highlight: Human Resources Consulting Service
NPMA
Have a human resources problem? Question? Crisis? Do you simply need to brainstorm a problem or a particular employee situation? NPMA members can now call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. The comprehensive menu of services provided can be found here.

Sandy Seay and his associates are very familiar with the pest management industry, having represented and advised pest management companies for nearly 50 years. For more information about Seay Management Consultants, click here. To contact Sandy Seay, call 407-426-9484 or email sandy@seay.us.

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Wheel Bug

As one of your benefits of NPMA membership you are able to download professional pest photos for free at my.npmapestworld.org. Contact npma@pestworld.org if you have any trouble logging in to the site.
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HEARD ON THE HILL


Saving America's Pollinators Act Reintroduced in U.S. House of Represenatives
NPMA
On March 4th, Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) reintroduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2015 H.R. 1284, which requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the use of certain insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, until the agency can review the registration and declare that such insecticides do not cause adverse effects upon honey bees and other pollinators.

The Saving America’s Pollinators Act directs the EPA Administrator to suspend the registration of certain neonicotinoids – such as imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran – and any other members of the nitro group of neonicotinoid insecticides for use in seed treatment, soil application, or foliar treatment on bee attractive plants, trees, and cereals until a determination has been made that such insecticides will not cause adverse effects on pollinators based on an evaluation of peer-review scientific evidence and a completed field study.

The bill also requires the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the EPA Administrator, to regularly monitor the health and population status of native bees and identify the scope and likely causes of unusual bee mortality.

H.R. 1284 is essentially the same bill as H.R. 2692, which was introduced in the 113th Congress by Rep. Conyers and Rep. Blumenauer on July 16, 2013. H.R. 2692 was referred to the Agriculture Committee and in August of 2013 H.R. 2692 was referred to the Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Affairs, which has jurisdiction on FIFRA related legislation. No further action was taken on H.R. 2692 during the 113th Congress.

H.R. 1284 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee, and is expected to be referred to the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, which will have appropriate jurisdiction.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


We Don't Know For Sure That Pesticides Are Killing the Bees. But We Know Enough to Worry
The Washington Post
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Buffer Zones: Protecting Paradise From Restricted Use Pesticides
Honolulu Civil Beat
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Termite Awareness: Signs of Infestation Require an Inspection
The Star-Ledger
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Proposed Ban on Cosmetic Pesticides Causes Turf War in Montgomery County
The Washington Post
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How to Fire a Client
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Poet Jeffrey McDaniel once wrote, "I realize there's something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they're expert at letting things go." Sometimes you need to fire your customer. It's not easy because it means loss of income or the implication of someone's failure (yours or theirs), and can even result in making a business enemy.

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3 Reasons Why Apologizing Hurts Your Business
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When things go wrong in your business, do you apologize? I’m not so sure that you should -- at least not as much. I'm guessing that apologizing is something customer service people learn during training. For all I know, it’s a proven psychological tactic, proven through years of studies with mice.

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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


5 Questions Forward-Thinking Leaders Are Asking Themselves Now
Inc.
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Why Business Owners Don't Act
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38 Percent of Small Businesses Are Ignoring a Huge Liability Coming in October
The Huffington Post
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How to Stand Out in a Sea of Competitors
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Nisus Corporation Appoints Dr. Reid Ipser as Director of Technical Services
Nisus Corporation
Dr. Reid Ipser has joined Nisus Corporation as Director of Technical Services.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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March 15-17, 2015 Legislative Day Washington, D.C.

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