Most people realize that the next millennium begins in 2001. So not only is this issue of the Bulletin the last one of 2000, it's also the last one of this century and this millennium! This sounds more significant than it really is, but it's fascinating to ponder the amazing advances in agriculture and crop protection that have occurred in a relatively short time. It is mind boggling to try to imagine what will occur during the next millennium. The advent of agricultural biotechnology is probably only a shard of the iceberg of progress we will encounter even within the next few decades. And we hope to be able to discuss new crop-protection technologies, both pro and con, in the pages of the Bulletin for years to come.|
Next year will be different from 2000. This sounds trite, but it's so very true. We all know that we have to learn as much as we can to prepare for and react to whatever develops in 2001, so we will write articles in the Bulletin to help you do just that. We will continue to keep you informed of pest and crop development throughout the growing season, and we intend to rely on you to keep us up to date regarding developments in your area of the world. All authors stand ready to receive your reports and to keep you apprised of developments within their respective disciplines. All of the elements of shared learning are in place.
More improvements in the manner in which we deliver information via the Bulletin are forthcoming. The Bulletin on the Web will get a new look, and probably a new address. We intend to incorporate the Bulletin more systematically with the IPM Web site, and we will provide seamless interactions with the Agronomy Handbook that will be online soon. More and better photographs will appear with articles in the Bulletin, and the number of links with other objective sources of information will increase. Ultimately, sources of pest-management information will be linked in a regional Web that takes advantage of all of the information available.
We also will call on you to review our efforts. We will develop a formal feedback mechanism to get input regarding any changes we make or should make. In addition, we invite anyone to offer opinions about the way in which we deliver information and about the types of information we deliver. We want the Bulletin to be among the most important sources of pest-management information in your business, and we believe your feedback can help us achieve that goal.
On behalf of all of the authors and other contributors to the Bulletin, I thank you for your interest in our efforts and for the support you have provided over the years. During this holiday season, please give thanks for all you have, and please be safe. We wish you a serious dose of joy and happiness, and we look forward to working with you again next year, er, next millennium!--Kevin Steffey