January 2014
Upcoming Events





A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


Welcome to 2014! The New Year came charging in with exceptionally cold weather. Hopefully the weather will moderate in February and set the stage for an outstanding termite season. Yes, termite season is right around the corner and now is the time to get some of those recertification credits everyone needs.


Ray Hardebeck, Chris Christensen and Scott Underwood are doing an outstanding job with developing educational meetings for 2014 and beyond. The dates and locations for the meetings will be posted on the KPMA website. Additionally, you will receive mailings and electronic notifications of upcoming meetings.


NPMA Legislative Day is being held in Washington DC on March 9 - 11. NPMA Legislative Day is an outstanding meeting with great speakers and an opportunity to meet with your Congressional Representative and Senators. Kentucky will be in the spotlight at this year's event with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul addressing the attendees on Tuesday, March 11. If you have never attended NPMA Legislative Day you are missing the most interesting, informative and unique meeting held each year. So take the time to review the agenda for NPMA Legislative Day and consider attending this year.


The first draft of the proposed revision of the "IPM in Schools" regulation was presented at the Pest Control Advisory Board ("PCAB") meeting on Wednesday, January 8. There was a lengthy discussion of this proposal with input from all the PCAB members. The PCAB members will provide their comments before the next PCAB meeting which should be sometime in February. Of course any suggestions or revisions will be submitted to the KPMA "IPM in Schools Committee" and KPMA Board for review and approval. After all concerns are addressed from KDA, PCAB and KPMA, we will move forward with reviewing the proposed change to the regulation with other interested parties. This can be a time consuming process. With the Kentucky legislative session beginning shortly, any final draft will probably not be finalized until late spring.  

If anyone has any interesting news regarding their company for submission in the KPMA newsletter, please forward the information to me at donnieblake@opcpest.com and I will forward the information to NPMA for inclusion in the next newsletter.


Thanks again for allowing me to serve as President of KPMA.



Donnie Blake

KPMA President


News From National 
Principles of Tick Management and Tick-Borne Disease

Join us for a Webinar on March 5, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST.


This webinar, featuring panelists from the EPA, CDC, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and NPMA, will cover pertinent topics including conventional and non-conventional tick management practices, landscape management, EPA resources for tick management, and PPE and health implications relating to tick management.
Document Accompanying FY 2014 Budget Addresses Pesticides Impact on Honey Bees    

A non-binding report accompanying legislation funding the federal government for the duration of Fiscal Year 2014 that passed Congress recently contains language directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to "improve its risk assessment approaches as a part of its pesticide registration process to protect honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees in all life stages." The language also notes that EPA "has already taken action in regard to improving pesticide labels and is expected to continue to regularly evaluate its policies to ensure the protection of pollinators and all species critical to food production."

NPMA PestWorld 2014 - Call for Speakers  

Deadline for Submission: Feb. 14, 2014

The National Pest Management Association is looking for your help to identify the most innovative and exciting speakers for PestWorld 2014. PestWorld, the premier event in the professional pest management industry, will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Oct. 21-24, 2014.

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There is Still Time to Register for the 2014 Southern Conference

There is still time to register for the 2014 Southern Conference at the Harrah's Hotel & Casino in Tunica. Register today for the opportunity to earn recertification credits and participate in a mix of in-depth management sessions and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. This is an event you won't want to miss!

Click here to download the educational program. 

There are currently 28 jobs posted from 15 employers on the NPMA Career Center. Don't let your competition find your future employees before you do; post your job opportunities on the NPMA Career Center today! With its focus on pest control industry companies and professionals, the Career Center offers members, and the industry at large, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Visit the Career Center to find your next employee!   


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