Pest Perspectives - May/June 2013 - (Page 4)
A Uniﬁed Voice
is a publication of the
Florida Pest Management Association
One of the great things about FPMA is the many partnerships we
have with other organizations. A key one we have been focusing
on lately is with FTGA. Actually it’s with FTGA (Florida Turf
Grass Association), AIF (Associated Industries of Florida), FFAA
(Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association), FNGLA (Florida
Nursery Growers and Landscape Association) and others. Our
organizations have joined together to form the Partnership for
Sustainable Greenspaces (FPSG). You can check it out at www.
We are also part of the Education and Research Foundation (EREF) started by the
FTGA. In addition to joining, FPMA made a ﬁnancial contribution to make sure we
get the word out about the good things we do as an industry and how maintained
landscapes help protect water quality. Many of our members are also contributing on a
voluntary basis as part of their fertilizer purchases. We are making sure that the truth is
heard, the science is heard. There are groups out there that would tell a different story,
but we know the good things that fertilizers can do and we will tell our story. Check out
EREF at www.ftga.org/eref.
We have been concentrating much energy on our legislative efforts. On April 15 and
16 we were at the FPMA Legislative Tour in Tallahassee in force to have our voice heard.
I traveled the halls of the capitol with many other PCOs, manufacturers and distributors
to tell our story, which focused on two key points: fertilizer and conehead termites. We
want a stop to the local fertilizer ordinances that make it very difﬁcult for us to do our
jobs and go against what science tells us is right. We also want state funding to assist us
in eradicating the conehead termite, which should be matched by federal funding we
worked on in Washington earlier this year. Our voices were heard and I felt we were
well received and should get our needs met.
There are some big events coming up in the next two months. First is the Southeast
Pest Management Conference in Gainesville, May 6-9. This is a great opportunity to get
some ﬁrst-class education from the folks at the University of Florida. On the Monday
night of the conference the Sapp Walkup Tailgate will make its return to Gainesville after
many years in Orlando. After SEPMC comes the FPMA Summer Conference in Hawks
Cay. This is going to be a fantastic event ﬁlled with education, fun and games, CEUs and
most of all, just plain fun.
This continues to be a phenomenal year. Remember, we can always get more done
together than as individuals. I look forward to seeing all of you in Gainesville and in the
Florida Keys as we “Progress Through Unity.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - May/June 2013
A Unified Voice
Beyond the Bite
Bridging the Gap Between Research & Application
GAC Stands Tall for PMPs
Membership & Training Updates
Pest Perspectives - May/June 2013