December 2015

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Coming Soon: January 2016 Regional Continuing Education Workshop
  
The Kentucky Pest Management Association (KPMA) has cooperated with the Boone County Extension Office to design a workshop with both educational and regulatory sessions of interest to pest professionals. Attendees will earn credits in Kentucky and credits have been applied for in surrounding states including IL, OH, TN, VA and WV.


Workshop Details:
Boone County Extension Office
6028 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington, KY 41005

Thursday, January 21, 2016
7:30 am - 5:15 pm

A complete list of the session topics to be covered at the workshop is here.
Tell Congress to Increase Section 179 Business Property Deduction 

Without Congressional action, the Section 179 deduction level will remain at the pre-2007 level of only $25,000 rather than the previous $500,000. If you have not had a chance to participate, we strongly encourage you to take a moment and send a note to your representative. 

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment from gross income from the year in which the the equipment was purchased, rather than writing off the depreciation of the equipment over several years. It's an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Qualifying property includes equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use, tangible personal property used in business, air conditioning and heating units, business vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 lbs., computers, software, office equipment and office furniture.

The Section 179 deduction is widely used by our industry and this has been an important issue for our industry, including highlighting it at our Legislative Day this past March. We are continuing to push this issue with Congressional offices and are working with other industries on this very important tax benefit. Please take a brief moment to send your Congressional representatives a note urging them to act to raise the Section 179 deduction level.

Click here to send a message to your representative.


EPA will grant a 30-day extension to the public comment period on the proposed changes to the certification rule. Comments must be submitted no later than Dec. 23, 2015. NPMA submitted a formal extension request, and led the Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC) in submitting a formal request on behalf of the entire pesticide industry. This additional time has enabled NPMA to continue to work with members, state regulators and industry allies to provide thoughtful comments and critiques of the proposed rule. 

The NPMA public policy staff has completed our formal comments and they are currently being reviewed by the public policy committee.  The comments will be provided to membership and submitted prior to the December 23rd deadline.

As part of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO), a diverse coalition of industry stakeholders, NPMA public policy staff met with Congressional offices to discuss the Department of Labor's proposed overtime regulation. NPMA was joined in the Congressional office meetings with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation (NRF), and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). This cross section of industry representatives demonstrates the need to change the proposed overtime rule. NPMA's Policy Team will continue to communicate with Congressional offices to advocate change in the coming weeks and months. 

In order to maximize our advocacy efforts 
we ask that you click here and send your Congressional representatives a message expressing your concern. 

 
The Southern Conference will be held February 9-10, 2016 at the Hilton Memphis, Memphis, TN.  A mix of in-depth management sessions, interactive hands-on training and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry, the confeence promises something for everyone. 

This is a great opportunity to network with over 200 management professionals from your region, visit the exhibitor showcase featuring more than 25 suppliers and take advantage of educational tools to grow your business. The Hilton Memphis is located in the heart of the business district with easy access to popular Memphis attractions. Registration information is here. 
Have You Logged Into the New NPMA Website?

The NPMA website,  has gotten a facelift and is more user friendly than ever! Here are the top five things you can do as of today...we'll be adding a lot more features over the next few months!
  1. You can update your own member profile
  2. You can tell us what you want to hear about
  3. You can print your membership certificate (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  4. You can add new staff to your membership listing (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  5. You can update your company information (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)

You should have received an email in the last few weeks which included your login information. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact NPMA at 800.678.6722 or npma@pestworld.org.
Understanding the UPS and FedEx Small Package Rate Increases

Every year small package carriers FedEx and UPS evaluate their shipping rates and make adjustments that can have a substantial effect on you and your business.The UPS rate increases will be effective December 28, 2015, while the new FedEx rates take effect on January 4, 2016. As always, how much more expensive your particular small package shipments will be in the new year largely depends on many factors, including shipment volumes, sizes, weights, and modes.
Here are some quick facts:
  • FedEx Express package rates are increasing an average of 4.9% for U.S., U.S export, and U.S. import services.
  • UPS Air and International package rates are increasing an average of 5.2%.
  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates are increasing an average of 4.9%.
  • UPS Ground rates are increasing an average of 4.9%.

The important takeaway when thinking about your shipping expenses in 2016 is that the announced average increases paint an inaccurate picture of the true impact these new rates could have on your business. The small package shipping experts at PartnerShip® have dug into the details and analyzed the new rate tables to assess the true impact to shippers and help you make sense of these changes. Learn more about how the 2016 rate increases will affect your shipping costs by downloading the free white paper at PartnerShip.com/RateIncrease.

This tip is brought to you by PartnerShip, the company that manages the NPMA Shipping Program. For more information or to enroll, visit PartnerShip.com/NPMA, email sales@PartnerShip.com, or call 800-599-2902.
Member Benefit Highlight: 
 
As a benefit of membership, NPMA members have access to the OSHA Toolbox, a comprehensive website including resources for OSHA inspection, posting requirements, state plans, respiratory protection and injury and illness reporting.

To log on, visit
www.qualityprotools.org and enter "osha" as both the username and password.
QualityPro Joins Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 

QualityPro Joins Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
QualityPro, the largest certification program for the pest management industry, has joined forces with leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs to develop a groundbreaking guidance program for leadership in sustainable purchasing.

"We are excited to bring professional pest management into the sustainable procurement conversation at a national level. Through this partnership, we hope to send great customers to QualityPro Certified companies," says Allison Taisey, BCE Certification Program Manager for QualityPro.

Public and private sector organizations will use the program to guide trillions of dollars in collective purchasing towards goods and services that simultaneously meet the needs of their organization, society, and the planet. QualityPro joins an esteemed group of organizations representing purchasers, suppliers and the public interest, including US General Services Administration, US Green Building Council, and the Responsible Purchasing Network.

Wildlife Expo 
 
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.  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
 

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