Since October 1997, the Integrated Crop Management newsletter has been faithfully and meticulously edited by Julie Todd. This issue of the newsletter will be her last as she moves to State College, Pennsylvania, where she will be an independent editor.
Under Julie's editorship, the newsletter won several awards, including the Gold Award (100 of 100 points) presented by Agricultural Communicators in Education and Certificate of Excellence from the American Society of Agronomy, and several articles were awarded the Entomology Educational Project Award by the Entomological Society of America (North Central Branch). But beyond the awards, the newsletter has been most noted for serving agriculture in a timely and professional manner. A 1999 survey of Iowa State University Extension's importance to agribusiness in Iowa revealed that "... the ICM newsletter was the resource most valued by the respondents." This is a powerful testimony that the newsletter is helping to fulfill the mission of the land-grant university to Iowans, and a confirmation of Julie's contributions as a skilled and dedicated editor.
Julie will be greatly missed by me and the rest of the newsletter contributors. I wish her continued success and encourage her to use lots of red ink when necessary.
This article originally appeared on page 132 of the IC-490(18) -- July 28, 2003 issue.