This issue of the Bulletin is the last one before we roll into the year 2000. Time seems to have flown by this year. Before you know it, we'll be gearing up for another growing season and getting ready for any crop conditions and pest problems that come our way. During the winter months, those of us who contribute articles for the Bulletin will be making plans to ensure that the information we present here will help you with your responsibilities. And as always, we invite you to be a partner in supplying information that can benefit others in Illinois. |
More changes will be forthcoming, especially in the Web version of the Bulletin. For both the print and Web versions, we will add regional reports to each issue published during the growing season, to provide more thorough coverage of crop conditions and pest situations around the state. Extension educators who specialize in IPM and crop systems have committed to providing these reports, and we believe they will add some valuable insight. The biggest changes, however, will occur on our Web site. We introduced video clips in 1999, and you will see more videos in 2000. In addition, we will add audio clips of fast-breaking or critical situations. We also will add a "new item" feature that will allow specialists and educators to add articles, typically short pieces, between issue dates that currently occur weekly. And to expand the coverage of any given issue, we will provide links to Web sites that offer other perspectives.
As we make these changes, we invite you to offer your opinions. We want to make certain that both the print and electronic versions of the Bulletin are user-friendly and useful, and your feedback will ensure that we stay on track.
We look forward to serving you again in 2000 and beyond, and we hope we can continue to provide a good product. Let us know how we are doing.
On behalf of all contributors to the Bulletin, I wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy your time with family and friends and give thanks for all the important people and events in your lives.--Kevin Steffey