No. 9 Article 1/May 22, 2009

New Editor, Same Mission

It is amazing how fast things can sometimes change. In last week's issue, Dr. Kevin Steffey announced his retirement from the extension ranks at the University of Illinois and unveiled the plans for a new chapter in his career. I only had the pleasure of working with Dr. Steffey for a few months, but I know he will be greatly missed around here and across Illinois as a whole. It seems like just yesterday he and I submitted an article announcing my new position as a soybean extension specialist. Now I am writing again about a new role of responsibility.

With this issue of the Bulletin I have assumed duties as the executive editor, a role Dr. Steffey fulfilled very successfully for many years. He tirelessly solicited and contributed articles to make this newsletter a valuable source of information and a guide for your farming decisions.

I will work hard to continue the mission of delivering timely and relevant pest and crop information to you. While Dr. Steffey's leadership and contributions will be missed, fortunately there are many people who contribute to the content and production of the Bulletin. I know these people will help the transition appear smooth. For the remainder of this growing season, my goal is to continue production and timely delivery of the newsletter as planned. For successive years, I will evaluate the content and delivery methods used and look for ways to increase our ability to deliver relevant information in the best format possible. There are several possibilities to change the direction and format in this digital age of "instant communication." I would like to hear your thoughts on how the newsletter can be improved as we move forward. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact me:, 217-244-9479. Thanks in advance for your valuable input.--Vince M. Davis

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