The Language War of Professional Certification

June 6, 2011

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As a foreigner traveling in Latvia and Estonia this week, I am enjoying the opportunity to revive my university acquired Russian skills some 35 years ago. I can enjoy also the game of picking up a few words in Estonian and finding elements of Russian grammar in the Latinized Latvian shop signs. It’s a game one enjoys as a lover of foriegn language study. Like any puzzle, the more linguistic pieces you pick up the more complete the puzzle, until it forms a complete picture, a beautiful mosaic of human development and civiization.
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Spring Anxiety in the Pest Control Field

February 26, 2010

After a disastrous financial year for business in general and in particular for our pest control industry, we industry leaders and prognosticators look forward with hope and trepidation. The spring season unofficially gets underway in March, just a few days away.

Many companies no longer exist or are half their former selves. Read the rest of this entry »


2009 IPM Symposium in Portland, Oregon

March 30, 2009

If you didn’t go to the 2009 IPM Symposium, you missed out on a great opportunity to meet many intellects in the field, as well as product companies that are at the forefront on new, inventive and less toxic methods.
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NPMA QualityPro Green – EcoWise Certified – Green Shield Certified

December 14, 2008

There is a new flag waver in the IPM world: NPMA QualityPro Green.  This program has the opportunity to extend the reach of the green movement into a place of respectability in the industry.  It could also end up being a whitewash of poor practices. 

Companies are now acquiring the NPMA QP Green certification at a very quick pace, but there are questions about the quality of QualityPro Green due to the ease in acquiring the certification and the organizations (both NPMA and PCOC) that jointly administer and own the certification.  There is no outside audit done of certification holders.  It is rather an after-thought. 
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EcoWise Meeting in Oakland

October 17, 2008

EcoWise Stakeholders Meeting to Set Future Direction

A wonderful meeting was held this week of stakeholders in the EcoWise integrated pest management program.  People in the field are going to be very pleasantly surprised by the results of the meeting.  Read the rest of this entry »


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