On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) by a vote of (198 - 213). Unfortunately, members in the Republican Party used their votes on the 2018 Farm Bill to leverage a vote on controversial immigration legislation, which is an entirely separate issue from the 2018 Farm Bill. In a procedural maneuver Speaker Ryan voted “no” on the 2018 Farm Bill and made a motion to reconsider, preserving the ability to bring the 2018 Farm Bill back before the House once support for the bill is solidified.
Today, Majority Whip Scalise indicated to reporters on Capitol Hill that the Farm Bill will be brought back before the House for a vote on June 22. Rather than speculate what deals need to be made, it is now more important than ever to continue to communicate with legislators in both the House and the Senate to pass a Farm Bill with our key regulatory reform initiatives before the September 30th deadline. NPMA will continue to work with Chairman Conaway and his staff to assist in passage of a bill in the House.
The Senate, Chairman Roberts has indicated that they plan to push forward and introduce the Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill in June. We are continuing to work with Senators on the Senate Agriculture Committee to include our regulatory reform language in the base text of the bill. Next week we will be making another push with targeted Senators and we will need your help again, so please be ready to continue the fight.
While this news was a disappointing end to a week of great work done by NPMA membership, it is not the time to raise the white flag and defeat. This remains a fluid process, but one that we will continue to advocate for our initiatives on your behalf, in hopes of passing landmark regulatory reform to protect the Pest Management industry this year. June 22nd, is less than a month away, and another opportunity to pass the Farm Bill.
The Tiny Termite House, a first-of-its-kind, groundbreaking study and video production by the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has revealed the destructive nature of termites like never before. PPMA funded this project with the goal of educating consumers about the dangers of termites and helping them understand the importance of working with a licensed pest control professional.
“We conducted this project to help support the industry and visually tell the story of how critical it is to work with a professional to give our greatest investments a termite check. PPMA would like to thank all of our generous investor companies who made the Tiny Termite House possible,” said Cindy Mannes, executive director of PPMA. “We know that education about termite infestations is key because these pests can destroy a home without anyone ever knowing they are there. The Tiny Termite House is visual proof that termites literally eat homes from the inside out despite the structures looking normal to the naked eye.”
Make plans to join us July 18-20 at Academy 2018 to hear keynote speaker Kristen Hadeed give tips on how to create an environment in which your workforce can thrive. Kristen Hadeed imagines a world in which all organizations have cultures that empower people to keep climbing toward the best version of themselves every day. As the young leader of Student Maid, a successful cleaning company that hires students, Kristen has fostered a unique perspective on leadership, organizational culture and engaging the next generation. Click here to view the full Academy schedule and to register online.
Application Deadline: June 30
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 (complimentary pest control for at risk environments, etc.), or non-industry related (walk/run, raising funds for the community, blood drives). The entry must demonstrate the company's consistency over a minimum of a three-year period.
The winning company will be featured in the September/October issue of PestWorld magazine and recognized at Academy 2018 in West Palm Beach, FL. Click here to view judging criteria and to submit your application.
Q: I have been battling a mouse infestation inside a pet food store for months and I don’t seem to be getting control. I think it’s because they are feeding on dog food that has been fortified with vitamin K and it’s counteracting the rodenticide bait I have been applying. What do you think?
Acrobat Ants Eating a Bug
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
6SENSEAI Software System, Inc. of Pleasanton, CA
Exterminators, Inc. of Woodinville, WA
Official Pest Prevention of Elk Grove, CA
The Aust Group of Upper Saddle River, NJ
Put a referenced based pricing plan to work for your small- to medium-sized business. The Core Value makes it easy for you to put a self-funded health benefit plan to work for your business. Core Value is a referenced based pricing plan that gives you the simplicity and savings you’re looking for. What this means is that the plan pays providers based on a multiple of the Medicare reimbursement rate (or other derived equivalent), regardless of the billed amount. Core Value’s rates are often lower than traditional self-funded plans, and that helps you to offer continued savings to your plan, and your members.
Outside of the level-funded plan that has been made available to most NPMA members, we are now able to offer this additional option with the Core Value Plan for those participants that are in the states of Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming (work is being done to add to this listing on a continuous basis).
For more information please contact JerriLynn Cobb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to join us July 26-28 for the 2018 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. In addition to the quality education sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited for an array of social functions, including a Beach Bash and a BBQ by the pool! Click here for more details and registration.
Monday, June 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Preparing for the Unexpected: A Lesson Learned from the Tropical Bed Bug
Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., Staff Entomologist, National Pest Management Association
Monday, September 10, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Understanding the Disease Potential of Urban Rodents
Matt Frye, Ph.D., Community IPM Extension Area Educator, Cornell University
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Advanced Control Techniques for Domestic and Peridomestic Cockroaches
Chad Gore, Entomologist/Market Technical Director, Rentokil North America
Team Arrow walks to support healthy, stronger babies
For over a decade, Atlanta–based Arrow Exterminators has been supporting the March of Dimes through time, donations, and creative fundraising efforts. This year’s six-week campaign raised over $48,500 through individual contributions, weekly raffles, a silent auction, and other fundraising activities. The campaign culminated with the 2018 March for Babies event, a 5.3 mile walk through Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, GA. Over 200 of Arrow’s team members, family members, and friends came out to walk together in support of the March of Dimes and a healthier future for babies.
No one knows exactly how many ticks are out there, but the skyrocketing cases of tick-borne diseases recently reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides indirect evidence that the little bloodsuckers are becoming more numerous
A scanner developed jointly at TU Darmstadt and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences enables automated digital archiving of preserved insects—in high-resolution and in 3-D.
Scientists reported that mosquito saliva causes far-reaching changes in the immune system that last for a least a week in mice after they’ve been bitten.
Leaders who resort to this solution may fancy themselves peace brokers, when they’ve really just papered over differences that haven’t been resolved.
How can a leader lead across generational divides? Before we tackle that thorny question, let’s look at the generations from a different perspective.
There’s only so much #change you can affect yourself if you’re not aware of what needs changing to begin with.
A lot of leaders set out to provide encouragement to members of their team. But in many cases, what is intended as positive reinforcement ends up being little more than cheer leading.
While lacking the requisite background in psychology to understand the deep emotional issues at work here, my informal research suggests at least four big factors contributing to this feeling of being out-of-place.
Work crews in the Houston area continue to see bed bugs which appear to be growing resistant to chemicals and heat.
Orkin came out with its annual Top 50 Mosquito Cities list in the United States, which listed Atlanta as number one for the fifth year in a row.
While advances in car construction can be beneficial to the environment, there can be consequences such as making your car more appealing to rodents.