Tar Heel Pest Management News
July 2016
NPMA: Zika Update

The National Pest Management Association provided the following update on its Zika Virus legislative outreach.
After months of urging Congress to take action to combat the spread of the Zika Virus, Congress left for an extended summer recess witho ut any action. On Thursday H.R. 2577,  the Appropriations Package that included $1.1 billion in funding for the Zika Virus, failed to overcome a procedural hurdle ( 52-44 ). The measure had previously passed the House o f Representatives but needed Senate approval to be sent to Presid ent Obama's desk. Both President Obama and Senate Democrats publicly stated they would not approve the current Zika funding measure as presented due to political components of the package including: defunding parts of Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood and a controversial confederate flag provision. 
After the failed vote top Republican appropriators from both chambers sent a letter to President Obama urging the Secretary of Health and Human services to use their transfer authority of funds and reappropriate fiscal year 2016 funds for the Zika virus. 

Also sending a letter to the President this week was Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH), the sponsor of NPDES eliminating legislation, the Zika Vector Control Act H.R. 897. Rep. Gibbs sent a letter that urges the President to end a double standard and give the continental United States the same tools, deemed "the most important tool" by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The letter cited a recent advisory from the heads of EPA and CDC that encouraged Puerto Ricans to spray more pesticides to slow the spread of the Zika virus. NPMA continues to support Rep. Gibbs and other Congressional offices that continue to highlight the burdens of NPDES permits.

2016 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference

The 2016 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference is quickly approaching. We are looking forward to a great event and hope to see everyone in Wrightsville Beach!
2016 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference
July 28-30, 2016
Holiday Inn Wrightsville Beach Resort
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Register at the event  registration page.

Committee Spotlight
Summer Conference Committee

Each year, NCPMA joins with the South Carolina Pest Control Association, the Virginia Pest Management Association and the National Pest Management Association for the Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference. The Summer Conference is one of NCPMA's largest membership and training meetings and, like the Pest Control Technician's School, offers educational opportunities for attendees. The Summer Conference Committee works with the South Carolina Pest Control Association and the National Pest Management Association to plan the event.

The Summer Conference Committee is chaired by Clint Miller of Clint Miller Exterminating in Mt. Pleasant and Scott Canady of Canady's Services in Lumber Bridge, NC.
Committee Spotlight 
Past President's Council

The Past President's Council is comprised of all former NCPMA presidents. The committee meets regularly to advise the Board of Directors, nominate a new slate of officers and provide the NCPMA Past President's Scholarship to the next generation of pest management professionals.

The Past President's Council is chaired by Chuck Hazelwood of Go-Forth Pest and Lawn in High Point.
Award Nominations
Do you know of someone who excels in the pest management industry? Consider them for one of the following award nominations which are now being accepted.

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2016

Deadline: Aug. 29, 2016

Deadline: Aug. 29, 2016

Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Click links to get more information or to register.

Orlando, FL
July 20-22, 2016

Wrightsville Beach
July 28-30, 2016

Greensboro, NC
Nov. 17-18, 2016

Table of Contents
Meet the Board
John Adkins
At-Large Director

John Adkins of Four Seasons Pest Control, Inc. is an At-Large Director on the NCPMA Board of Directors.

He has been an active member of NCPMA for 12 years and has been a member of the board of directors for three years.

John enjoys working closely with his customers and helping them with their daily pest challenges. 

"The funniest thing I ever witnessed in this job was watching a 6'6" 250 lb man squeal like a little school girl when a mouse ran past him in his house," he said. "I signed him up as a customer immediately. I think he was so embarrassed he never even asked how much the annual charge was."

In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his sons who are active in Scouting and hold the ranks of Star Scout and 2nd Class Scout. He serves as their Scout Master.  He also enjoys skiing, golf and kayaking.  
Meet the Board
David McCormick
Allied/Associate Board Member

David McCormick of Syngenta Professional Pest has been an active member of NCPMA for four years. He's currently serving a one-year term as an allied board member.

David enjoys the close-knit nature of the pest management industry and the people that he gets to work with each day.  

"Over the years, I have frequently joked with my friends and customers in this industry that when I retire, I will write a book entitled: 'I spent 4 decades in the pest management industry, and I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried!'," he said. "I have had so many good times and great memories through the years....I just don't know where to start!"

David enjoys kayaking, boating and fishing and is looking forward to the Mid-Atlantic NPMA Volleyball Championship in Wrightsville Beach.
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