February 2014
Upcoming Events






A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


February was the coldest February I have personally ever seen. Hard to believe the majority of Kentucky was snow covered the entire month. Hopefully the arctic blasts we have been inundated with this winter will soon stop and we can look forward to a great termite swarm season.


The KPMA Annual/Summer meeting committee, chaired by Ray Hardebeck, met on February 12 to discuss and outline the program for this year's event. The Annual/Summer meeting is scheduled for July 29 and 30 in Louisville at Wildwood Country Club. The Annual meeting and dinner will again be on Tuesday evening, July 29. The annual golf tournament will be held that morning. The training meeting will be on Wednesday, July 30. Ray Hardebeck and his committee have a great program in store for everyone that attends. With the change in the recertification cycle this will be a great opportunity to gather those important recertification credits before the end of the year. Mark your calendars now for this outstanding meeting of your Association.


The KPMA Board has approved a Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at the KPMA Annual Meeting. This award is intended to recognize those individuals that have given so much to the pest management industry in Kentucky. This award will be bestowed annually to deserving individuals. The entire motion from the Board can be found here.


There is still time to make arrangements to attend NPMA Legislative Day in Washington DC on March 9-11. With Senator Rand Paul speaking on Tuesday, March 11, there will be a huge Kentucky connection at this year's meeting. There is information on NPMA Legislative Day enclosed in this month's newsletter.


Discussions and revisions are continuing with the "IPM in Schools" regulation. There will be additional discussion regarding the first draft at the regular Pest Control Advisory Board meeting on March 6. Stay tuned for updates on this important topic. The Board hopes to have a presentation at the KPMA Summer meeting to outline the status of this regulation revision.


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 
President Obama Signs NPMA Spearheaded Legislation into Law    
President Barack Obama signed legislation into law Friday, Feb. 7, that retains the food uses for the fumigant sulfuryl fluoride. The measure is part of the much larger, 950-page plus Farm Bill Conference Report. The enactment of the sulfuryl fluoride provision represents a monumental 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 legislation effectively reverses a proposed order revoking or withdrawing sulfuryl fluoride's food tolerances that U.S. 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.
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.

Hear Senator Rand Paul Speak at NPMA Legislative Day 

Join us at Legislative Day for a lunch presentation on Tuesday, March 11 by Dr. Rand Paul, the junior U.S. Senator for Kentucky. Elected in 2010, he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach. Among his first legislative proposals: cutting $500 billion in federal spending and a plan to balance the federal budget in just five years. He has since introduced similar bills with growing support.

Click here to register for Legislative Day and make a difference in your industry.

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