Good leadership is the cornerstone to the success of any association, and, as such, we need your involvement in the election process for the 2017-2018 NPMA Board of Directors.
The following positions are up for election: President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, five (5) At Large Director positions, and a Regional Director from Region #1 and Region #4.
Once again, we are conducting the Board of Directors election electronically. All primary contacts for NPMA Regular Members have received a ballot with your unique voter login under separate cover. This login can only be used to submit one vote.
If you did not receive your ballot, please check your spam filter for an email from email@example.com with the subject line: NPMA 2017/2018 Board of Directors Election. Contact Jillian Gardner with any questions.
The election will be open until April 15 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Please note, your vote is completely secure. Neither NPMA nor our third party vendor is able to see which candidates you selected in this election.
Thank you in advance for your input in the governance of your association. As always, if you have any questions, please contact NPMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA)
, which serves as the public outreach arm of NPMA, is working to raise public awareness about the importance of partnering with a licensed pest control professional during National Pest Management Month in April. This annual designation acknowledges the pest management industry’s ongoing commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from pest threats. Throughout the month, PPMA will execute various media relations and social media initiatives to educate consumers about the invaluable work pest professionals do around the clock to protect them and their investments.
There are only a few days left to pre-register for PestWorld East, to be held 10-11 April 2017 in Dubai. Hosted by NPMA along with Ecovar, this one-of-a-kind conference is designed to address pest management challenges specific to the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and India. Click here for more information and to register online.
NPMA released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, a guide depicting expected pest activity throughout the U.S. for the upcoming warmer seasons. According to the Bug Barometer, after exceptionally milder winter temperatures across much of the country, and periodic heavy precipitation or moisture in most areas, Americans can collectively expect a very buggy spring and summer.
NPMA and Nissan have worked together to provide another valuable benefit to NPMA members. The NPMA PestFleet program provides deep discounts on ALL Nissan Vehicles to NPMA members and, access to the cost-efficient PestFleet System. Click here
for more details about the PestFleet Package or call 866-218-8047.
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The Urban Herpetologist Pest Control
On March 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order
denying a petition to ban the uses of chlorpyrifos, which is a valuable pesticide for agriculture use. Administrator Pruitt stated "By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results."
In November 2015, under a court order of the U.S. 9th Circuit, the Obama administration proposed to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos. The previous decision to revoke chlorpyrifos was based on a shift in policy by EPA to rely on epidemiological data rather than toxicological data when conducting human health risk assessments. This departure and reliance on epidemiological data was cautioned against by three separate FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panels (SAPs) and a concerning development that decisions on critical pesticide uses were not based in sound science.
While chlorpyrifos is currently not registered for use by the structural pest management industry the shift in policy and data reliance under the previous administration was alarming. The EPA’s statement to return to sound science and to stand-up against activists is a promising development for all pesticide applicators.
Last week, NPMA - in conjunction with the Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC) - made a final push with Congressional offices to request $128.3 million in fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to enable critical activities under the Pesticide Registration and Improvement Act (PRIA). The deadline for Member requests to the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee was March 30. Congress will now begin the appropriations process for FY 2018 within the appropriations subcommittees. Submitting requests by multiple and bipartisan members of Congress highlights the need for OPP funding. NPMA had several meetings and sent letters to a diverse group of members urging their individual appropriations request and/or signing onto a "dear colleague" letter sent by Rep. Yoho and Rep. Panetta to the Chairman and Ranking members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.
Last week, two Cabinet nominees who NPMA has been monitoring closely advanced towards confirmation. The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee voted in favor to report the nomination of Governor Sonny Perdue to the full Senate for Confirmation. Likewise, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 12-11 along party lines to send Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta to the floor for final approval.
Both Secretaries, when confirmed, will play an important role in shaping policy. We anticipate Perdue to play a more active role in working with the EPA on the registration and review of pesticides and we anticipate Acosta, as reported last week, to play an prominent role in drafting a new overtime regulation that raises the overtime threshold to approximately $33,000 annually, as opposed to the $47,000 proposed under former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
Both nominees will most likely be confirmed in late April due to the Senate dedicating most of next week to debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, followed by a two-week recess.
Calling on Virginians to observe April as Virginia Pest Management Month, Governor Terrance R. McAuliffe encouraged the public to understand and appreciate that "pest management professionals help protect Virginia’s food supply, homes and the environment from disease and pest related illness by practicing environmentally friendly pest control methods".
Locally owned Pest Control Company, Reynolds Pest Management, Inc.
announced today that it will be merging with National Pest Services effective March 1, 2017.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 17 people in 7 states have been infected with the rat-borne Seoul virus.
Federal researchers said Friday they have started a new phase of testing a vaccine to protect against the Zika virus, which has been causing severe birth defects across the Americas.
Researchers investigating a cave in southern Oregon have found the oldest relatives of the common bedbug, suggesting that some 11,000 years ago humans may have been in contact with the parasites.
A significant portion of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry is in the hands of scientists as they fight the westward spread of an invasive insect: the spotted lanternfly.
Mosquitoes are blood-sucking, disease-carrying embodiments of annoyance in insect form. They’re also fascinating aerodynamic enigmas.
One of the most common questions I get, as a leadership coach, from my clients is, "What’s your leadership philosophy?" I tread lightly when answering because the simple-sounding query is actually quite loaded.
While it is never appropriate to favor employees based on illegal or inappropriate biases, it is more than appropriate (and legal) to differentiate employees based upon the effort and value they lend to the organization’s ongoing success.
Switch and Shift
The right leader can build morale, encourage confidence and initiate action. But a leader can never really be effective and inspiring without an important quality that is regularly taken for granted: trust.
Ninety days is the perfect unit of time to make headway on your big-picture goals — and to give them the focus they need, so you and your team don’t get too overwhelmed.
Leadership is a trait many are quick to claim but few truly deserve. To be a leader does not mean wearing the title of "leader." It's not something you choose to be one minute and then choose not to be the next.
Kellogg faculty conducted research on ethical behavior among employees, bosses, and entire companies. Here is some of their advice for curbing unethical behavior at work.
The trick to killing disease-carrying ticks may lie in building a better mouse trap.
It’s that time of year again for STINK BUGS! The bugs chew up over 100 types of plants and crops, including shrubs, apples and various vegetables, and have caused major agriculture issues across the country.
In this list, you'll note the first item is unique from the other nine. In a cultural or systemic context, it certainly is "horrible" and needs to stop. The rest point to an assortment of individual and team-leadership frightfulness that should make your hair stand up.