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ICC Evaluating Barriers for Termite Control
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This week, NPMA defeated a second addition to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) at the code hearings in Memphis. (Click here for more information about the IgCC as well as another code change defeated by NPMA last week.)

This second proposal would have required installation of a barrier during construction in all jurisdictions adopting "green" termite control. According to Marcia Duke, NPMA's Director of Regulatory Affairs, "It appears a plastic sheeting company is attempting to define 'green' termite control through the code change process, while working behind the scenes to develop a protocol for evaluation of plastic sheeting as a termite control tool."

In a related action, acceptance criteria for use of plastic sheeting as a termite barrier is being reviewed by the International Code Council's Evaluation Service. In written comments addressing the proposal, NPMA strongly recommended the Termiticide Scientific Review Panel (TSRP) — an independent group of leading U.S. termite researchers created for the evaluation of innovative termite control products — is a better group to resolve testing protocols for assessing termite control properties of plastic sheeting than the Code Council's Evaluation Service. Click here to view NPMA's full comments. Click here to view the ICC's Evaluation Service proposed Revisions to the Acceptance Criteria for Termite Physical Barrier Systems. We will continue to follow this proposal closely.

NPMA would like to thank the ASPCRO leadership, especially John Scott and Steve Dwinell, for partnering with us to oppose the code change.

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Attend These Upcoming NPMA Webinars
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Using Social Media for Pest Management Profits
Wednesday, May 14, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by John Wayne Zimmerman, Founder & Chief Imagination Officer, Social Experts
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The Most Successful Companies Do This in Their Social Marketing
Wednesday, May 28, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by John Wayne Zimmerman, Founder & Chief Imagination Officer, Social Experts
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IPM in Sensitive Environments
Wednesday, June 11, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET, Presented by Gail Getty, University of CA, Berkeley
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Finding New Business Opportunities: Fitting Snakes into Your Wildlife Program
Wednesday, June 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET, Presented by Scott Gilbert, Northwest Exterminating
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Register Today for Academy 2014
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On July 17-19, Tucson, Arizona will play host to NPMA's Academy 2014, presented by the Leadership Development Group (LDG) and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences. This year's program features renowned business leaders and will focus on resources you need to transform your business. Click here to view the full program. Click here to register your team today!

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Registration Now Open for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference
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We invite you to join us for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. In addition to the quality educational sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited to announce an array of new features this year, including:
  • A Summer Conference Beach Bash on Friday afternoon
  • A Beach BBQ at the pool on Saturday
  • Extended Friday Morning Exhibit Hours from 8 a.m.-noon
  • Extended Welcome Reception Hours on Thursday Evening
Click here for more details and registration.

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HEARD FROM THE HILL


Nebraska Department of Agriculture Adopts Pesticide Rulemaking
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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture recently adopted changes to the state's pesticide regulations. The changes, which went into effect on May 3, include modifications to various applicator categories, existing recordkeeping provisions and supervisory requirements for noncertified applicators. Click here to read the revisions.
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South Carolina Creates Limited Herbicide Applicator License
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Clemson University – the state lead pesticide agency in South Carolina - recently adopted rulemaking creating a Limited Herbicide Applicators license. The license, which has fewer requirements and conditions than the typical commercial pesticide applicator license, permits the holder to use a herbicide with glysophosate as the sole active ingredient, "Caution" as the signal word, and when used for terrestrial landscape weed control. The rule is similar to regulations in Tennessee and Florida. Click here to read the new rule.
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Maine Governor LePage Vetoes Measure Limiting Fertilizer Treatments
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Maine Governor Paul LePage last week vetoed legislation prohibiting the application of fertilizer on non-agricultural land within 25 feet of the normal high-water line of a water body larger than 10 acres. The Maine Senate subsequently upheld the governor's veto, killing the bill for this legislative session. The original version of LD 1744 had also applied to pesticide applications. Click here to read the legislation and here to read a recent Waterville Morning Sentinel article about the issue.
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Nevada Department of Agriculture Revises Proposed Rulemaking
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The Nevada Department of Agriculture last week issued a revised proposed rulemaking defining the term "spot treatment"; amending existing requirements governing the submission of wood-destroying pests inspection reports; revising fields of licensing, insurance limits, examination and continuing education requirements for principals and operators; and provisions pertaining to administrative fines and pest control business locations. The revisions to the initial rulemaking were based on input the Department received from industry members at an April 17 workshop. The Department will hold another workshop on the rulemaking later this month. Click here to see the latest version of the 73-page proposal.
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Minnesota House Approves Pollinator Insecticide Bill
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The Minnesota House of Representatives last week approved legislation prohibiting labeling or advertising an annual, bedding plant or other plant, plant material, or nursery stock as beneficial to pollinators if it: (1) has been treated with and has a detectable level of a pollinator lethal insecticide; (2) has a pollinator protection box on the insecticide product label; or (3) has a pollinator, bee or honey bee precautionary statement in the environmental hazards section of the insecticide product label.

Under House File 2798, the term "pollinator lethal insecticide" is defined as an "insecticide absorbed by a plant that makes the plant lethal to pollinators. Pollinator lethal insecticide includes, but is not limited to, the neonicotinoid class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of pollinators and may cause pollinator paralysis or death." The measure further requires the Commissioner of Agriculture to develop a list of pesticide active ingredients that are lethal to pollinators, and to consult with interested parties in developing the list. Click here to read HF 2798 and related information.

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Montgomery County, Maryland, Set to Consider Pesticide Legislation
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Reports out of Montgomery County, Maryland indicate that members of the County Council will soon put forward legislation banning or severely curbing the use of pesticides on county property. It is not clear yet whether the scope of the measure will also apply to private property or interior applications. NPMA testified last September at a Council committee hearing on pesticide and pesticide use in the county.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Balancing Risks of Pesticides on School Fields
WVIT-TV
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Biologists Try to Save Darwin Finches With Pesticides
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European Commission Defends Action on Neonicotinoids
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Bedbug Battle Heads to Court
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'Zero Pesticide' Law in France 2020
Fresh Plaza
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Bedbug Lawsuit May Produce $2.45 Million Settlement
Des Moines Register
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Teamsters Local 251 Looking to Organize New England Pest Control
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


J.T. Eaton Co., Inc. Announces the Addition of a Southeastern Regional Manager, Jessica Spak
J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.
J.T. Eaton is pleased to announce that Jessica Spak has joined the J.T. Eaton Pest Control Division as the Southeastern Regional Manager. Jessica's years of experience in the pest control industry have been focused on both rodent control products and insecticides. Her education and background will be a valuable asset to J.T. Eaton and to her professional contacts in her territory which includes; Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi.
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


4 Easy Ways to Have a Better Day at Work
By Catherine Iste
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US Businesses Are Being Destroyed Faster Than They're Being Created
The Washington Post
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
July 17-19, 2014 Academy 2014 Tucson, Ariz.
July 24-26, 2014 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
Oct. 21-24, 2014 PestWorld 2014 Orlando, Fla.

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