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2013 Southeast Pest Management Conference Highlights
There was record attendance at the 18th Annual Southeast Pest Management Conference, which took place May 5-8
at the University of Florida campus. Almost 300 people registered. During the four-day event, the pest control industry
and academia world united to learn about the latest research of various pests and pest control methods. With the theme,
“Special Pest Ops,” sessions focused on general household pests, such as bed bugs and Tawny Crazy Ants; termites;
fumigation; landscape (turf and ornamentals); and a canine pest detection symposium.
“This is a time of growth for the businesses, “ said Dr. Phil Koelher, conference director and FPMA endowed professor
in UF’s Entomology & Nematology Department. “They’re seeing economic change where they’re able to utilize the
information here and turn a profit.”
Florida Pest Management Foundation Awards Scholarships to UF Students
The Florida Pest Management Foundation awarded two scholarships to University of Florida entomology students at the
recent Southeast Pest Management Conference. Foundation President and FPMA Past President Tim Brock and 2013 FPMA
President John Cooksey presented the Foundation’s first-ever $500 awards to undergraduate Casey Parker and graduate
student Ben Hottel; both are students in Koehler’s Urban Entomology program.
The Florida Pest Management Foundation was formed in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation that will
receive, administer and expend funds for educational, research, charitable and scientific purposes. Supporting the Foundation
is tax deductible as a charitable donation. It was formed as a means of assisting fellow professionals in times of need, and as
an investment in the future of the pest management profession. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.flpma.org
Sapp-Walkup Tailgate “Homecoming” at UF Southeast Pest
During the conference, more than 170 attendees shared food and
fellowship at the Sapp-Walkup Tailgate. Sponsored by Syngenta Professional
Products and presented by the Florida Pest Management Association, the
event hosted by the Sapp and Walkup families was a tradition in Gainesville
for many years – making it part of the SEPMC is truly a “homecoming” of
sorts. Fare included grilled steaks, salads, baked potatoes, green beans
and banana pudding; FPMA friends and longtime tailgate participants Dow
Agrosciences provided chili and pan seared Mahi Mahi. A ticket to the
Tailgate was included in conference registrations.
Dr. Phil Koehler was very happy to make the Sapp Walkup Tailgate a
signature event of the SEPMC. He looks forward to continuing the tradition
and stated that it will enhance the conference experience. Syngenta’s Dr.
Clay Shearer, a UF graduate entomologist under Dr. Koehler, and Todd
Himelberger expressed pride to be part of the conference and sponsor of this
important industry gathering.
For more photos on the Sapp Walkup Tailgate, check FPMA’s Facebook
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2014 SEPMC, May 4-5, 2014 @ University of Florida
www.flpma.org | www.pestperspectives.com
Jeffrey McGovern of Pest Management
Consulting shows off the Atrix Omega GREEN
Supreme HEPA Vacuum the company donated
to Dr. Phil Koehler’s program. Baxter wants
to work with Atrix to donate more vacuums
to other universities with well-established
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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