Association updates from UPFDA, ESA, NPMA, RISE


March 13, 2020




UPFDA cancels spring conference

In an email to members, the United Producers, Formulators and Distributors Association (UPFDA) noted that its annual spring conference, set for April 7-9 in Orlando, Fla., has been canceled. For those who need to address hotel and travel accommodations, UPFDA offers the following:

1. If you have made a hotel reservation, please cancel it.  You may do so by calling the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress at 877-803-7534.

2. If you have registered for the conference, and already sent in payment, you will receive a refund shortly.  If we have received a check, but not yet deposited it, we will write void on the check and return it to you.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the executive staff at or 540-681-2114.

NCUE, IPA postponed until 2021

The National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE), which co-locates with the Invasive Pest Ant Conference, in Mobile, Ala., has been postponed until next year on May 23-26, 2021.

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ESA launches public health certificate

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has created the new Public Health Entomology (PHE) certificate.

The PHE certificate program is designed to benefit pest management professionals (PMPs) and vector control professionals, according to the ESA. The certificate provides an opportunity for those who work with pests that pose a health risk; either by being a vector for disease or other adverse health risks.

Any PMP can earn the certificate if they have:

  • a minimum of five years of verifiable pest management or vector control experience,
  • a current pesticide applicator’s license issued in the U.S.,
  • and the ability to pass the exam.

The PHE certificate is endorsed by and was developed in conjunction with the American Mosquito Control Association.

PMPs can also earn certifications through the ESA’s Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) program and Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program. According to the ESA, more than 1,200 ACEs have joined the ranks to demonstrate their professionalism and commitment to the structural pest management industry.

Book your hotel for PestWorld 2020

The hotel block is now open for the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) PestWorld 2020.

The event will be Oct. 13-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees can make reservations at the hotel under the NPMA’s room block. The hotel is located at 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, Tenn., 37214 and you can call 877-491-7397 for reservations. A one-night’s room and tax deposit are required at the time of booking and is non-refundable.

Up to five rooms can be booked online. But, for reservations of more than five rooms, contact Alexis Wirtz at to set up a sub-block of hotel rooms.

Registration for PestWorld 2020 will open later this spring.

Global Health & Food Safety Summit postponed due to COVID-19

The fourth Global Health & Food Safety Summit, originally planned for June 2020 in Singapore, has been postponed to June 2021 due to the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The NPMA, Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), and Federation of Asian & Oceania Pest Managers Association (FAOPMA) in conjunction with the Singapore Pest Management Association (SPMA) have decided to take this precaution in order to protect attendees.

The Summit is a bi-annual forum that looks at pest management services in terms of the needs of the food service, retail, hospitality and other service business sectors. The two-day program covers topics including environmental stewardship, artificial intelligence applications for pest management, technological impacts on food safety regulations and vector-borne disease management.

PWIPM of New England hosts training event

The Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) of New England hosted a Lunch & Learn on Feb. 13.

The event was open to all members of New England Pest Management Association (NEPMA) and the NPMA. More than 50 pest management professionals attended from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Univar Solutions’ George Williams, ACE, presented “Being A Pest Management Professional.” He reviewed what is currently happening in the industry, customer service, company reputation and human resource topics. The attendees enjoyed a lunch sponsored by NEPMA and the PWIPM of New England.

RISE elects new officers for 2020

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) elected new officers and welcomed new Governing Board members at its meeting March 10, in response to company staffing changes.

The new 2020 Executive Committee includes:

  • Sean Casey, Nufarm Americas, Chair
  • Stephanie Jensen, BASF, Vice Chair
  • Karen Larson, Clarke, Treasurer

The Governing Board also welcomed new members:

  • Scott Gault, WinField United
  • Michael Kropp, Wilbur-Ellis on behalf of Primera
  • Jose Milan, Bayer Environmental Science
  • Brian Rowan, SiteOne Landscape Supply

Others continuing their terms on the Governing Board include:

  • Daryl Allen, Corteva Agriscience
  • Kathy Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation
  • Neil Cleveland, PBI-Gordon Corporation
  • Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation
  • Michael Maravich, Sipcam Agro USA
  • Scott Reasons, Syngenta
  • Scott Todd, Central Life Sciences

Find updates about other industry events impacted by COVID-19: Pandemic affects status of industry events

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