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DENTON, Texas – Maruyama, manufacturer of sprayers for the pest control industry, recently co-sponsored a dealer incentive trip to the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort on Costa Rica’s North Pacific Riviera. Tru-Power, a Corona, Calif.-based distributor, organized the event for their Maruyama dealer base located in California-south, Arizona, and Nevada.
According to Jack Ball, sales manager for Tru-Power., “On behalf of the participating dealers we sincerely thank Maruyama for co-sponsoring this incredible trip. During our farewell banquet, many dealers came up to me and asked how many Maruyama products they need to buy to qualify for the next incentive trip. ‘We want to go again,’ they all said.”
The 57 participants were presented with a host of activities at the all-inclusive resort such as horseback riding, golf on the Robert Trent Jones championship course, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, sports fishing, canopy zip line tours, and jungle river cruise.
Maruyama Operations Manager Mark Dyos said, “Outstanding. That’s how best to describe the efforts Tru-Power did to launch and execute this incentive program with their dealers. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves and I was glad to see many dealers networking and discussing best business practices. I received many positive comments on how Maruyama can improve and become more of a force in the outdoor power equipment industry.”
To learn more about Maruyama visit www.maruyama-us.com.
Last Thursday, The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a notice of intent to sue EPA for failing to consider the effects of almost 400 pesticides on more than 800 endangered species. Examples of the referenced species are the Florida panther, coho salmon, California condor, Everglade snail kite, northern Aplomado falcon, mountain yellow-legged frog, California tiger salamander, arroyo toad, Indiana bat, and green sturgeon. CBD alleges that EPA has failed to comply with the requirement in the Endangered Species Act that federal agencies consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service and take into account the impact of the products on endangered species.
CBD has successfully sued EPA previously, including a lawsuit aimed at protected the red-legged frog in California. In another suit, EPA agreed with CBD to impose significant restrictions on the use of 74 pesticides in large portions of northern California, including prohibitions on the use of all of rodenticides, pyrethroids, fipronil, and imidacloprid. A final decision on the California case is expected from EPA soon. Most recently, CBD filed suit seeking to limit the application of pesticides in the lower 48 states because of their impact on polar bears in Alaska.
CBD is required by ESA to provide sixty days notice of its intention to sue.
The actual suit, which will likely be filed in March, could have wide-ranging consequences for PMPs in that it covers almost all of the conventional pesticides used by PMPs in virtually every corner of the country.
Click here to read CBD's Notice of Intent.
WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration in October announced that John McCauley, a popular figure in the pest management industry, will serve as Kentucky State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency at the USDA.
"John McCauley has a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our rural communities and will help build on the Obama Administration’s efforts to rebuild and revitalize rural America," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
"I’m looking forward to working in the Obama administration," McCauley told PCT. "It gives me a chance to sink my teeth back into the agricultural side. I’m excited about it."
In 2003, McCauley was hired to serve as BASF Pest Control Solutions’ government relations representative. Additionally, he served as director of the Division of Pesticide Regulation in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in the 1990s and served on the Governor’s Commission on Literacy five years before that. He also has worked in the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and Kentucky General Assembly.
USDA’s Farm Services Agency works to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Americans. Some of the agency’s efforts include facilitating income support, disaster assistance and conservation programs, providing operating loans for the procurement of farm equipment, seed and fertilizer, as well as offering ownership loans to help new and veteran producers purchase a farm. FSA also works to procure various commodities to benefit low-income families through domestic food assistance programs.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Santa Monica Public Works recently reported their use of OvoControl P to help control pigeons at the City Pier. The Civil Engineering Department aims to help improve water quality around the Santa Monica Pier by reducing excessive bird populations in the area. In true IPM (Integrated Pigeon Management) fashion, the city is using a range of different tools to achieve their objectives, including OvoControl. Click here to read their report. Further details and product information are available on the Innolytics website at www.OvoControl.com.