October 2015

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Analysis of EPA Proposed Rule Changes 

In early October the NPMA Public Policy team held a webinar with the Public Policy Committee to discuss and analyze the EPA proposed rule concerning new certification and training standards for the use of restricted use pesticides. During the webinar the committee identified the areas of the rule that will need to be further analyzed and addressed in comments that will be submitted to EPA by NPMA.  Due to the scope and breadth of this rule, NPMA will be requesting an extension to the November 23rd comment deadline. The rule will be a priority topic during the Public Policy Committee meeting at PestWorld in Nashville. Please review the following information and provide input, questions or concerns to the public policy team.


NPMA Sends Official SPAR Invitations

This week NPMA Policy Staff sent letters formally inviting the initial group of State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs) to serve as liaisons between their respective states and NPMA. We applaud and appreciate the commitment of this group and would like to recognize Donnie Blake and Shawn Rich who are representing Kentucky. To see a list of the representatives by state click here.
Pest Control Short Course

Tailored to industry professionals, the University of Kentucky Pest Control Short Course from November 3-5 is packed with useful information for owners, managers and technicians alike. 

This year's topics include an equipment 'house of learning', how pests enter and travel through buildings, effects of weather and climate on insects, pesticides versus pollinators, a half-day business roundtable, the latest bed bug research, battling brown recluse spiders, advances in technician training, and useful sessions on managing rodents, roaches, termites, wood boring beetles, snakes, vultures, and other pests. Dozens of useful subjects are included, as well as a terrific trade show and the best speakers in the business.

Click here for details and registration information.
Veterans Survey

NPMA is committed to engaging veterans in their successful transition to a productive and rewarding career in the pest management industry.  To that end, PestVets, NPMA's Veterans Group, actively promotes the recruitment of veterans to member companies and supports those recruitment efforts through various education and training opportunities. Please take our  Veterans Survey
and share your military background and insights with us.
We Want to Hear from You

We are always looking for fun and interesting articles to include and would love to hear your suggestions for articles for this newsletter.  If you've seen an article you would like for us to include, please submit it via email to Jessica Dominguez at
QualityPro Launches New Streamlined Version of GreenPro Certification Program

QualityPro has unveiled a new version of the popular GreenPro certification program. GreenPro is designed to identify and recognize green services offered by QualityPro certified companies. Certification enables companies to better promote their services and commercial or residential customers to easily find the environmentally friendly service they desire. GreenPro service certification is available at no additional cost to QualityPro certified companies. Under the new program, companies will find it easier to submit their service programs for certification.

"We are excited to share the new GreenPro at PestWorld and are hopeful that this streamlined program will encourage even more pest control companies to submit their green services for consideration," says Andy Architect, Executive Director of QualityPro.

For further information on the GreenPro certification program, please contact the Certification Program Manager at 703.352.6762 or qualitypro@pestworld.org or visit the website
Member Benefit Highlight: The NPMA Shipping Program
 
Through NPMA's agreement with PartnerShip®, NPMA members who enroll save substantial dollars on every shipment - inbound, outbound, small, and large. 

Through the NPMA shipping program members have access to exclusive discounts on select FedEx® small package services, freight, tradeshow, and specialized shipping services through this free member benefit. 
Visit PartnerShip.com/NPMA for more information and to enroll in the NPMA shipping program. If you have any questions, please call PartnerShip directly at 800-599-2902, or email 
PesTech3.0, Wildlife Expo and Regional Conferences
 
This winter NPMA will pull together professionals from throughout the country for a series of meetings to keep you current on the latest in the industry.  Join us at PesTech3.0 2016 
from January 5-7 in in San Jose, CA for a mix of business management sessions and interactive breakout groups featuring up-and-coming information/digital technologies for the pest management industry. "The changes in technology in the past five years have been extraordinary," stated NPMA CEO Bob Rosenberg. "During PesTech3.0 2016  companies will have the opportunity to learn about advances in mobile technologies, business automation, big data, security and other technologies on the horizon that will improve their efficiencies and create opportunities for financial growth."

The conference will feature technology thought leaders and provide a forum for attendees to learn from each other about their technology experiences as well as the current technologies used to enhance daily practices within their pest management businesses. Hotel information and registration forms for the conference are available on NPMA's website

Professionals who are involved in wildlife management or are considering offering this valuable add-on service  will want to join the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) for the Wildlife Expo 2016, January 15-17, Las Vegas, NV. The educational program will provide both technical and business-related information. Hotel information for Wildlife Expo 2016 is available here

Also upcoming in January, regional conferences bring together members for the opportunity to network and learn.  The Eastern Conference this year takes place at the Kalahari Resort, Poconos, PA from January 13-15.  At the end of the month, TheSouthwestern Conference will be held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel from January 26-28. The Southern Conference 2016 follows from February 9-10 at the Hilton Memphis, Memphis, TN. 
 

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