MailChimp has many great tools for creating electronic newsletters, handling subscriber list management, sending e-mail versions of the newsletter to subscribers, and providing statistics on how users interact with the provided content. One of the most powerful features is the RSS-Based e-mail newsletter generation to allow an existing blog (or set of blogs) to be used to create automated newsletters. This has proved very successful for extending the news from UTcrops News, Virginia AgPest and Crop Advisory, and IPM South.
The IPM centers are covering the costs associated with a MailChimp Account. The program has the ability to automatically create E-mail newsletters from Blogs, manage subscribers, track user interaction with Newsletters and mark web traffic on your blog as coming from the newsletter or another source. The IPM Centers will help with initial setup of your newsletter, connecting to your blog or series of blogs that are providing content, import existing newsletter subscribers from listservs, and interpreting statistics that are generated by the system. For more information, contact Joe LaForest or the IPM Center director in your region