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Industry Alert: Pollinator Health
Many may be aware of the release of two studies discussing honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) receiving coverage in the news recently. The USDA released its annual survey that found honey bee deaths in the U.S. fell from last year with beekeepers reporting a loss of 23.2 percent of their managed colonies during the October to April winter season, down from 30.5 percent from the same period a year earlier. However, the USDA declined to comment on what contributed to the decrease in honey bee deaths this past season. In a second study, led by a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, honey bee colonies were exposed to extreme levels of a neonicotinoid insecticide. The authors drew the misleading conclusion that the results implicate the insecticide as the leading cause of CCD.
These reports come approximately one month before the observance of Pollinator Week, during which they are expected to resurface and be highly cited by the media and activist groups. Click here to view talking points and NPMA's response.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
NPMA Gives Award: Caring for Our Communities
Entries must be received no later than June 13, 2014
Presented by NPMA's Leadership Development Group, the NPMA Gives Award recognizes NPMA member companies that have demonstrated leadership through their dedication and contribution to the good of the community. As part of its mission, the Leadership Development Group is committed to honoring those companies that have made a real contribution to their community.
Such contributions are demonstrated through carrying out and/or participating in community service projects. These projects may be industry related or non-industry related. Each of our winning companies will be featured in the September/October issue of PestWorld magazine and recognized at NPMA's Academy in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, NPMA will recognize these winning companies by listing them on www.npmapestworld.org and announcing them through our social media channels. Click here for more details and to submit an entry!
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The best investment you can make in your business is an investment in your employees and the skills they bring to your company. As such, we encourage you to send multiple members of your staff to Academy 2014.
Through the educational sessions that have been created for the Academy, you and your staff will receive information that will help increase their level of performance, understand their role in the success of the company, and ultimately positively impact your company's bottom line. Sending your team to Academy 2014, July 17-19 in Tucson, Arizona, could be the best staff development decision you make all year. Click here for more details and registration.
Seeking the Most Passionate Professional in the Pest Management Industry!
Submission deadline is August 1
Would you like to win a trip to PestWorld 2014? Tell us why you love your job and you will be entered to win!
To enter, all you have to do is use your smart phone to submit a brief video showing us why this industry is a great place to work, why you love your job and how you have benefitted from working in pest management. It's as easy as that!
Visit www.npmapestworld.org/pestfactor2014 to enter today!
NPMA Women of Excellence Award: Call For Nominations
NPMA's Women of Excellence Award recognizes women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry — PMP's, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry.
An independent judges' panel will select one award recipient who will be recognized at PestWorld 2014, October 21-24 in Orlando, Fla.
Click here to nominate a candidate today!
NPMA Now Accepting Nominations for Young Entrepreneur Award
NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Rentokil.
This is the third year NPMA will recognize young entrepreneurs 40 years or younger working in the professional pest management industry. Applicants will have demonstrated an ability to create or develop an industry innovation or brought a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Nominations may be submitted online. Self-nominations will be accepted as well. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 15, 2014.
Applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on:
The panel of judges will select one award recipient who will be announced during PestWorld 2014 Oct. 21-24 in Orlando.
- Notable contributions made to his or her company in a management level capacity
- Contributions to the pest management industry
- Personal leadership and community involvement
ME Gov. LePage Signs Bill Authorizing November Vote on Bed Bug Research Funding
Maine Governor Paul LePage recently signed a bill into law authorizing a statewide referendum in November on the issuance of a $8 million general bond to monitor human health threats related to mosquitoes, ticks and bed bugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. Click here to read LD 1865 and related information.
OK Gov. Fallin Signs Termiticide Soil Residue Bill
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin last week signed legislation into law repealing the statutory termiticide soil residue levels to give the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) the flexibility to adopt such standards administratively. Like a number of other states, Oklahoma codified the termiticide soil sampling protocol the National Pest Management Association and Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials agreed to in the mid-1990s. Since the accord, however, some termiticide products have been withdrawn from the market while others have been introduced, and residue levels for the latter products are not contained in the protocol.
The Oklahoma Pest Control Association successfully pushed to include a provision in Senate Bill 1884 requiring ODAFF to follow normal rulemaking procedures when developing future termiticide soil residue levels used to take enforcement action against operators using less than the required label rate instead of adopting the level through internal policy without any opportunity for industry input. Click here to read SB 1884 and related information.
Vermont Legislature Approves Neonicotinoid Study Bill
The Vermont Legislature recently approved legislation requiring the Secretary of Agriculture Food, and Markets to evaluate whether the use or application of the pesticides imidacloprid, clothianiden, thiamethoxam, donotafuran, or any other member of the nitro group of neonicotinoid pesticides is safe and not harmful to human health or the health of bees and other pollinators in the State. The Legislature earlier rejected a bill banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Click here to read House Bill 869.
MN Legislature Clears Pollinator Insecticide Bill
The Minnesota Legislature last week approved and sent to Governor Mark Dayton for his consideration legislation prohibiting labeling or advertising an annual plant, bedding plant, or other plant, plant material, or nursery stock as beneficial to pollinators if the annual plant, bedding plant, plant material, or nursery stock has been treated with and has a detectable level of systemic insecticide that: (1) has a pollinator protection box on the label; or (2) 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." Click here to read HF 2798 and related information.
Missouri Financial Responsibility Bill Fails
A Missouri bill modifying financial responsibility requirements for Missouri pesticide applicators died last Friday when the General Assembly adjourned for the year. The bill will have to be reintroduced in the 2015 legislative session in order to receive further consideration.
Under House Bill 1952, the minimum surety bond requirement would have increased from $25,000 to $50,000. Moreover, the measure stated that evidence of financial responsibility did not have to be submitted to the Department of Agriculture as a condition for license renewal, although the applicator would have had to provide the policy if requested by the Department. The bill also required the certified commercial applicator or the applicator's employer to maintain the surety bond or liability insurance certificate at the business location from which the certified commercial applicator is licensed.
New MD Law Implements Pesticide Workgroup Recommendations
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley recently signed legislation into law implementing a recommendation from the January 2014 Interim Report of the Pesticide Information and Reporting Workgroup increasing the annual registration fee for pesticides from $100 to $110. Under House Bill 621, the additional monies must be used for the activities of the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) relating to the collection, analysis, and reporting of data on pesticide use in the State.
The workgroup, which includes a representative of the Maryland State Pest Control Association, was established by a 2013 law to address various issues relating to data on pesticide use including exploring the feasibility and value of requiring pesticide applicators to annually submit pesticide records to MDA. In its report, the workgroup recommends that MDA contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, as it has in the past, to undertake a redeveloped statewide survey relating to pesticide use for the years 2014 and 2015. Click here to read HB 621 and related information.
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The National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) is hosting two training courses next month. Click the links below for more details and registration.
Copesan Services Builds Expertise with New Management Hires Supporting National and Regional Business
Copesan Services, Inc., is pleased to announce recent hires of a variety of management professionals across three divisions. Copesan welcomes Jim Andreoni as Vice President of Technology & Processes, Tom Gitzlaff as Director of Field Operations and Quality, and Jennifer Moran as Regional Sales Manager - East Region.
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