On Wednesday, January 31, at the National Association of State Department's of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Policy Conference, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Departments of Interior and Commerce to improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Consultation process. The conflicting statutes and processes between EPA and the Department of Interior has created a logjam of pesticide evaluations and unnecessary litigation. The net result is that endangered species are not being properly helped and a growing concern that invaluable pesticides will no longer be available for use to protect public health. The signing of the MOA and the interagency commitment to work to resolve this issue is a tremendous step towards improving the pesticide consultation process which is currently broken.
NPMA needs your help to communicate the need to reform ESA pesticide consultation process with legislators. Unfortunately, this likely cannot be resolved through regulation alone, but rather we will also need legislation to codify necessary reforms.
Please take a moment and click here to send a personal note to your elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives. As an industry, we are protectors of public health but also stewards of our environment, which is why the problems associated with pesticides and the ESA is so troubling and must be fixed now.
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On March 18-20, hundreds of pest management professionals will climb Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress – providing opportunities to promote the pest management industry and advocate for issues important to us.
There are significant battles emerging, in particular with preemption laws in several states and the revisions to the 2018 Farm Bill. Any changes to existing legislative and regulations have the possibility to significantly impact your pest management business. And we must ensure that lawmakers know us, hear us, and respond to us. We hope you will join us for Legislative Day and help make a difference in our industry!
Our industry has a lot to be proud of this year as you and the rest of our members deliver increasing levels of professionalism and expertise. From protecting our food supply to managing disease-spreading insects, pest management plays a vital role in safeguarding public health.
To ensure the importance of our industry’s work is recognized, NPMA has released Pride and Professionalism 2017, a professionally produced video created to help your company effectively communicate the value of the pest management industry to your staff members and prospective employees.
Pride and Professionalism 2017 is available for immediate download and use. We invite you to use the video for a variety of communication efforts, such as employee recruitment, staff orientation and business development. Click here to learn more.
Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Featuring Academy Learning Lab Presenter John Barnes
Does it sometimes seem impossible to get a handle on your life? Emails, meetings, budgeting your time…it can feel overwhelming at times.
What if you could get control of your life (at least more control)?
This webinar will provide you with specific actions that you and your company can take to bring some sanity to your work day and take control of your life. You will walk away from the session with tangible tools and ideas that you can implement immediately. Share these tools and ideas with your colleagues so that you all get better as a team when it comes to managing your email, your meetings and your time.
Q: I’ve read that pavement ants have a stinger, but I’ve never been stung by one. Can they sting and should my customer’s be concerned about it?
A: It’s true, pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum) have a stinger, but they rarely use it. Found throughout most of the United States, the pavement ant is one of the most common nuisance ant species in the Northeast and Midwest. Winged reproductive ants are often seen during their mating flights in the spring and are sometimes confused with termites by consumers. Pavement ants often nest under slabs, patios or landscaping features. Pavement ant stingers are so small that they generally cannot penetrate human skin and are not considered a threat to human health, so your customers don’t need to worry about getting stung by these pests.
Email Brittany Campbell, NPMA’s staff entomologist, for answers to your most challenging questions. Include your name and company’s name to have your question potentially featured in the next ePestWorld!
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Members of NPMA can now save up to 85% on prescription costs using myRxMedSaver! This free discount prescription drug card provides NPMA members with discounts on prescription drugs at more than 65,000 participating pharmacies. Download the app to save 10%-85% immediately on the cost of both brand-name and generic drugs.
Please note, this link must be clicked from your cell phone, where it can direct you to either the Apple app store or the Google Play store. It cannot be accessed through your desktop.
Save the date! The third Global Summit of Pest Management Services for Public Health and Food Safety, presented by NPMA and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), will be held June 4-6, 2018 at the Hotel Cascais Miragem in Portugal. Participants will address emerging issues and evaluate - with clients and other relevant stakeholders - which action steps are required to respond to these future needs. Click here to view the full program.
Last week, NPMA sponsored and attended the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Policy Conference. This event serves as a platform for Commissioners of Agriculture from around the country to communicate with Congress. This year there was a heavy focus on Farm Bill initiatives and activities within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Highlights include:
• Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed attendees and announced a Memorandum of Agreement with the Departments of Interior and Commerce to improve the Endangered Species Act Consultation process.
• NASDA Plant Agriculture and Pesticide Regulation Committee reaffirmed their commitment to aggressively pursue Cooperative Federalism legislation in the Farm Bill, this is the legislation that NPMA and NASDA are pursing together as partners.
• Jackie Mosby EPA/OPP Director of Field and External Affairs provided updates on the Worker Protection Standard and the Certification and Training (C&T) Rule. EPA is currently reviewing the 18 year age requirement in the C&T rule but maintain the view that the rule will go final in May of 2018 and that states will still be required to submit revised state plans by March 2020.
• David Ross the EPA Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water provided updates on the ongoing rewrite of the Waters of the U.S. rule. Ross explained that this week EPA has delayed the 2015 WOTUS rule by two years and that a final rule is rapidly being re-promulgated.
The NASDA Conference was a great opportunity to spend time with our Partners in NASDA, build relationships with those Commissioners that are in charge of regulating our industry, and advocate together on behalf of pesticide issues.
On Wednesday, January 31, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and U.S. Army Civil Works Acting Secretary Ryan Fisher signed a final rule delaying the implementation date of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The rule follows a January Supreme Court decision concerning appropriate jurisdiction to litigate the legality of the 2015 rule. This decision could’ve allowed the 2015 definition of WOTUS to go into effect. Administrator Pruitt stated, “ EPA is taking this action to reduce confusion and provide certainty to America’s farmers and ranchers.” This amendment gives the agencies the time needed to reconsider the definition of WOTUS. NPMA will continue to work with EPA officials during the promulgation of a new WOTUS definition.
Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc. recently announced it has acquired Varment Guard Environmental Services, Inc., based in Columbus, OH.
Nisus Corporation is pleased to announce its recent hire of Linde Mills, who has joined the Nisus team as Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator working from the Nisus corporate headquarters located in Rockford, TN.
Starting Friday, February 2nd, Donnie Shelton will kick off a free, four-part online boot camp that focuses on quick changes owners and managers can make for better recruiting. Every Friday morning throughout February, Shelton will publish videos and resources on the Coalmarch website, covering everything from understanding your candidate funnel to improving your employer reputation online.
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