Consider joining The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance. It’s a great way to stay connected with your colleagues and meet in dynamic interactive forums to examine issues and solve problems.
Why The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance
Known as A Lifecycle Partnership for Pesticide Management, TPSA brings together a wide range of companies, associations, public agencies, institutions, and individuals dedicated to pesticide stewardship. Their stewardship activities include formulating and/or distributing pesticides across dealer networks, educating farmers and other pesticide end-users to promote full life-cycle stewardship, collecting triple-rinsed pesticide containers for recycling, and collecting and disposing of unwanted chemicals by licensed hazardous waste haulers.
Historically, stewardship professionals have largely met within their individual circles of interest. The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance takes a different approach. We believe that stewardship professionals should meet together. We all share common goals. TPSA brings together private sector interests, public agencies, nongovernmental organizations, professional associations, and individuals from across America and around the world. The forum promotes improved coordination and communication, thereby helping solve tomorrow’s problems today. That is what TPSA is all about
How TPSA Operates
From its inception in 2000, TPSA has operated as a fully representative stewardship organization. Because TPSA’s strength comes from the diversity of its membership, our by-laws reflect this same diversity in the form of “affiliation areas” on our Board. This gives TPSA unique opportunities and strengths, specifically:
- assuring that official actions consider the full range of stewardship potentials and positions,
- producing meetings and conferences that are not only interesting but also provide opportunities for diverse information sharing and innovative problem solving, and
- providing convenient, nonadversarial forums where public, private, nonprofit, and international interests can meet informally to discuss issues of mutual concern.
TPSA is a member-driven organization. Members are encouraged to get involved as time and interests allow. This not only helps decrease operating costs but assures a lively, diverse, and democratic organization. Because communication and coordination are at the core of TPSA’s activities, substantial effort is put into the annual work conference.
Electronic communication is another major tool. The web site hosts archives of conferences, papers, research and links to related resources along with administrative information.
The annual conference is the work session for the organization-sharing successes and discussing notable issues, projects, and needs related to pesticide stewardship.
Organizations with members attending these conferences include the Agricultural Container Recycling Council (ACRC), CropLife America, CropLife Canada, CropLife International, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE), the American Association of Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO), the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), and the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, (NAHMMA), along with hazardous waste haulers, managers of pesticide collection and container recycling programs, and various state and local government agencies and universities.
Benefits of Joining
Members have the opportunity to get involved in the administrative and policy functions of the organization through our committees, projects, and the Board. Members can access added features of the organization website. Members who register for TPSA conferences pay a reduced fee. Perhaps the biggest benefit of all is simply being part of an organization that promotes and facilitates stewardship activities throughout the pesticide life cycle. TPSA projects to date include label reform work, a U.S. pesticide disposal program status assessment, support of a partnership to plan and carry out pesticide collection and disposal events, and a “life cycle” stewardship initiative.
Members are able to directly engage colleagues from all over the nation and world via the organization website and by becoming involved in projects.
Membership Categories and Joining
Four membership categories have been established. The annual dues for each category are:
- Individual $75
- Organization $200 (for up to 3 individuals)
- Retired $35
- Student $25
The membership cycle is September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016.