Pest Perspectives - July/August 2013 - (Page 6)
Making a Difference Together
I am sending these greetings on the eve of FPMA in Paradise, the
Annual Summer Conference, which already has seen a sellout
of rooms, exhibits spaces, the spouse program and reef fishing
tournament. We have seen a huge increase in all activity from prior
years and expect to have a great time of fellowship, family fun,
learning and team building. In FPMA’s 67-year history, this is the first
time the summer conference has been in the Keys and the response
has been overwhelming positive—and it bodes well for the great
time we will have in June 2014 at the golf haven of the Sawgrass
Marriott! Look for photos and coverage of FPMA in Paradise 2013 in
the next issue of Pest Perspectives magazine.
Our recent Legislative Tour event was also a big hit; the Tallahassee gathering was
attended with a great lineup of speakers: Dr. Lisa Conti, Dep. Commissioner of DACS,
Andy Rackley, Lisa Gosa of IFAS and Missy Timmins, FPMA’s professional lobbyist.
My family was honored to introduce a new tradition as part of the program: the
Cooksey Family Fish Fry, which took place at the beautiful Associated Industries of
Florida offices. Although we didn’t have success with our fertilizer bill in the session,
the attendance of FPMA members and the response of our elected officials in visits to
their offices reinforced the importance of this annual gathering.
We also saw another milestone for an FPMA tradition: the “homecoming” of
the Sapp-Walkup Tailgate to the Southeast Pest Management Conference on the
University of Florida Gainesville campus. This was the original industry gathering of
professionals, hosted by the Sapp and Walkup families; it has returned to its original
home after nearly 50 years. Syngenta Professional Products sponsored the event;
Dow AgroSciences supplied chili and fish, and FPMA sponsored aprons and logo
recognition. Dr. Phil Koehler is already looking forward to having the Sapp Walkup
Tailgate as part of the conference next year.
In my last message, I mentioned a new way to help identify and train future
FPMA leaders: Leadership FPMA, a one-year curriculum to develop new leaders
of FPMA by exposing them to all aspects of the industry and to key FPMA events.
It was developed by Wedgworth Leadership Institute graduates Marcie Dowling
and Sean Brantley. Participants will be selected from applications received and the
inaugural class should launch in 2013. Please contact email@example.com for more
“Progress Through Unity,” the theme of my administration, is only made possible
through strategic alliances and partnerships. FPMA successes are dependent on
• Florida Pest Management Foundation, which supports industry education, research
and members in times of natural disasters. FPMF recently awarded its two first
scholarships to UF entomology students.
• Florida Turf Grass Association, which formed the Environmental Research and
Education Foundation that is broadening our efforts for reasonable fertilizer
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - July/August 2013
Making a Difference Together
18th Annual Southeast Pest Management Conference
Should You Be Tracking Your Trucks?
Trapping a Feared Foe
New OSHA Labels and SDS Format Training
New Committee Form, Old Ones Change
Helping Pest Pros Get Started on Social Media
Membership News & Updates
Pest Perspectives - July/August 2013