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NPMA Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors Nominees
The NPMA Board of Directors has ratified the candidates recommended by the NPMA Nominating Committee for the national offices of the Board of Directors.
Click here to view a list of board nominees for 2014-2015.
The Board of Directors election will be held this Spring, and, for the first time, NPMA is offering online voting. (To ensure you have the opportunity to vote, please make sure we have your proper email.) Click here if you need to update your information.
Additionally, any 25 Regular Members, not more than 10 of whom are within any one Region, may nominate any qualified Regular Member as a candidate for Secretary or At-Large Director. Such nominations shall be made by filing a written petition with the Executive Vice President no later than 15 days after the names of nominated candidates are announced. The name of any Regular Members so nominated shall be included together with the names of those nominated by the Nominating Committee and ratified by the Board in the report of nominations to the membership. Any 10 Regular Members within a Region, not more than six of whom are from any one state in the Region, may nominate any qualified candidate for a Regional Director position provided a written petition is filed with the Executive Vice President no later 15 days after the names of nominated candidates are announced.
Written petitions must be submitted by Feb. 11 to:
Bob Rosenberg, Executive Vice President
10460 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
For additional questions, contact NPMA at (703) 352-6762.
Legislative Day Speaker Sen. Rand Paul to Give State of the Union Response
Legislative Day speaker Senator Rand Paul will be giving this evening's State of the Union Response. Often mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, Dr. Rand Paul is one of the U.S. Senate's most outspoken champions for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach. Click here to read the Washington Post article. Click here to learn more about NPMA Legislative Day 2014.
NPMA, EPA, CDC and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Team Up to Offer Tick Management Webinar
With the continued prevalence of ticks and tick-borne disease across the country, it’s important to learn about the scope of the problem and understand management practices. Join expert speakers from the National Pest Management Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for a webinar on Wednesday, March 5 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST that will address:
All interested parties are welcome to attend and we hope to encourage beneficial interactions between stakeholders. This program is being offered as part of NPMA's webinar series. Click here to register. For more information about NPMA, please visit our website.
- Conventional and non-conventional tick management
- Landscape management practices
- EPA resources for tick management
- Personal protective equipment including tick repellents
- Tick-borne diseases
NPMA and ESA Moving to Quickly Offer Global ACE Certification
To ensure that the certification truly addresses the diverse needs of PMPs around the globe, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) is developing an international version of the respected Associate Certified Entomologist-Pest Control credential. NPMA has recommended five individuals from member companies to join the ESA ACE-Pest Control International (ACE-PCI) Committee, chaired by Col. Mustapha Debboun, Ph.D, BCE, U.S. Army. The appointees are:
- Dave Alcock, Alcock’s Entomological Services, Durban North, South Africa
- Michel Bayoud, Boecker Public Health, Beirut, Lebanon
- Viren Merchant, Pest Control Associates — AMB, Mumbai, India
- Dinesh Ramachandran, Technical Director, National Pest Control, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dominique Sauvage, Clark Pest Control, Lodi, Calif.
Tobacco Ringspot Virus Found Replicating in Honeybees
Another factor implicated in honey bee decline has recently been identified in a paper published in the most recent issue of the journal mBio, which is offered by the American Society for Microbiology. A team of scientists, primarily from the USDA and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, identified a rapidly mutating virus called the tobacco ringspot virus. The virus is a pollen-borne, RNA virus that was found replicating inside honeybees during USDA screening. The virus is believed to replicate repeatedly inside bees and subvert their immune response. Additionally, the tobacco ringspot virus was also shown to be found in Varroa mites, an ectoparasite that sucks hemolymph (insect 'blood'), can move from bee to bee, and is believed to be a highly damaging to honeybees. Scientists involved in the study make clear that the role of tobacco ringspot virus in colony collapse disorder cannot yet be determined.
The paper, Systemic Spread and Propagation of a Plant-Pathogenic Virus in European Honeybees, Apis mellifera, can be found here.
Farm Bill Preserves Sulfuryl Fluoride Food Uses
The long delayed federal Farm Bill that was finalized yesterday contains language retaining the food uses for the fumigant sulfuryl fluoride. The inclusion of the sulfuryl fluoride provision in the Farm Bill Conference Report represents a significant legislative victory for NPMA — one that would not have been possible without NPMA members lobbying their federal lawmakers about the importance of retaining sulfuryl fluoride's food uses.
The provision effectively reverses a proposed order revoking or withdrawing sulfuryl fluoride's food tolerances that EPA put forward in January of 2011 under the threat of activist group litigation. The activists claimed that sulfuryl fluoride's tolerances were not permissible because the "risk cup" for sulfuryl fluoride was already filled with fluoride in drinking water and dental care products.
The bill will now be considered by the full House and Senate. The House could consider the measure as soon as Wednesday, with the Senate likely taking up the legislation later this week or early next week.
Bed Bug Bill Pending in Oregon
An Oregon legislator pre-filed a bill for the 2014 session of the Oregon Legislature requiring examinations for pesticide operator and applicator licenses to include questions testing for knowledge of proper practices for managing bed bugs. Click here to read House Bill 4145 and related information.
New Hampshire Bill Restricts Use of Rodent Traps
The New Hampshire General Court is set to consider legislation banning the use of a variety of traps including many outdoor uses of small traps designed for rats and mice and the use of mouse and rat traps to catch other rodents such as voles, squirrels or chipmunks. Click here to read House Bill 1579 and related information.
Minnesota Bee Buzz Gets Louder at Capitol
Twin Cities News
Report Shows Details of Bee Deaths
Utah Real Estate Broker Stripped of License, Fined $75,000
Stan Cope Elected VP of American Mosquito Control Association
Stanton E. Cope, PhD, Manager of Technical Services for Terminix®, has been elected Vice President of the American Mosquito Control Association® (AMCA) for 2014-2015. He takes office at the AMCA Annual Meeting Feb. 5, 2014, in Seattle. Cope will serve as Vice President during his first year, and in successive years will serve as President-Elect, President and Past President, with varying duties.
Rollins, Inc Signs to Acquire Australia-Based Allpest
Rollins, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Allpest WA, an independent pest control provider in Western Australia. The acquisition is expected to close in February, and this is Rollins first business venture in Australia.
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