31 May 2011



June 1, 2011—Norcross, Georgia, U.S.A.—The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) has selected Gavin D. Sulewski to become Editor of Better Crops with Plant Food magazine and other Institute communications effective June 1, 2011. He succeeds Donald L. Armstrong, who retired effective May 31 after nearly 30 years with the organization. Mr. Sulewski had served as Agronomic and Technical Support Manager in the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, office of IPNI.

“We are happy to announce that Gavin has accepted this new responsibility and will now be located in the headquarters office. With his educational background and years of experience with the Institute, he is well qualified to move into this new role,” said IPNI President Dr. Terry L. Roberts. “This responsibility covers an increasing range of communications options, including electronic and social media as well traditional print publication.”

A native of Saskatchewan, Mr. Sulewski grew up on a wheat and canola farm. He received a B.S.A. degree in Agronomy in 1991 and later earned his M.Sc. in Soil Science in 1996 at the University of Saskatchewan. He joined the staff of the Potash & Phosphate Institute of Canada (PPIC) in 1996, providing technical assistance to programs in China, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and others. Later, PPIC was superseded by IPNI and his role expanded. In recent years, he has had significant involvement in development of database resources, technical review and development of many publications, staff training, and a range of other duties.

Mr. Armstrong, a native of Indiana, is a 1967 graduate of Purdue University in Agriculture/Horticulture. He was Field Editor for Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine from 1976 to 1981 before joining the staff of the Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI) in 1981. In 1992, his title was expanded to Editor/Manager Editorial Group at PPI. Mr. Armstrong also previously worked for the information department of the Indiana Farm Bureau organization, for Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa, and with Purdue University Cooperative Extension. After completing college, he was a delegate to Peru through the International Farm Youth Exchange program.

In addition to serving as editor of Better Crops magazine, Mr. Armstrong was involved with publication of the book Southern Forages and numerous other manuals, books, proceedings, reports, and informational materials related to plant nutrition. He also handled a range of responsibilities in support of Institute scientific staff and programs, as well as assisting in member services and other assignments.

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For further information, contact Dr. Terry Roberts at IPNI: tel. 1.770.447.0335; e-mail: troberts@ipni.net
Or contact Gavin D. Sulewski, Editor: tel. 1.770.447.0335; e-mail: gsulewski@ipni.net