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Issue No. 25, Article 1/December 9, 2005

Last Issue in 2005

We are living in interesting and exciting times in agriculture. Much has changed since I started my career in Illinois in 1979both crop protection and crop production have evolved significantly, with changes in each affecting the other. The interrelationships among crops, pests, the environment, and agricultural technologies have never seemed more evident than they were in 2005, a year to remember in Illinois agriculture. We always expect that each year will be different from the previous one, and our expectations were met in spades in 2005. We all learned a lot, but learning always raises new questions. Consequently, the issues we will face in 2006 and beyond and the manner in which we address them will say much about our agricultural stewardship.

The ways in which we deliver educational materials and programs related to pest management and crop development also are changing. It's probably fair to say that we are in a period of significant transition. Use of the Internet for delivery of information has increased exponentially over the past few years. There is so much information available on the Internet that people have the opportunity to make informed choices about the sources of the information they use. Obviously, we hope that one of your primary sources is the Bulletin and the other pages on the University of Illinois IPM Web site. To that end, we will continue to do our best to bring you the most timely, enlightening, and thought-provoking information to be had.

Educational programming in agriculture also is changing. Over time, we have made adjustments to the Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, and we continue to offer new programs with unique formats. The Corn & Soybean Classics and the Regional Crop Management Workshops are wo examples of educational programs that were developed to fulfill specific needs. (Read more about all three of these programs in the next article.) In the near future, we expect to link these and other educational programs more closely as a curriculum, as well as to explore more fully the delivery of educational programs via distance education technology.

As dramatic changes continue to occur, we invite your input. The educational materials and programs we develop are intended to meet your needs and meet or exceed your expectations. Therefore, your input and feedback are essential. So keep the "cards and letters" coming.

Although this is the last official issue of the Bulletin in 2005, we will provide some alerts between this issue and the first issue of 2006. If you are an electronic subscriber, you will receive automatic notification of these alerts. If you do not receive these automatic e-mail messages, subscribe now (click on "sign-up") so that you will always know when the most recent issue of the Bulletin or between-issue alerts have been posted.

As always, on behalf of all of the authors and other contributors to the Bulletin, I thank you for your continuous support and for your interest in our activities. We all look forward to working with you again in 2006. Happy holidays to you and your families.--Kevin Steffey

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Kevin Steffey

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