Dr. Bill Simmons is Emeritus Professor in the Colleges of ACES at the University of Illinois. He taught both Introductory Crop Sciences, Introductory Soil Science and both Crop and Soil Management. Dr. Simmons started a research and extension career at the University of Illinois in 1987 following completion of his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. Dr Simmons’ research has focused on environmental behavior of herbicides and plant nutrients in agronomic systems, evaluation of cropping systems, and a variety of weed science topics. He has also been extensively involved in training certified crop advisers (CCA) and agronomists across the Midwest and South. His teaching and training honors include the College of ACES, College Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension, the Mid-America Croplife Association (MACA), Educator of the Year, and the College of ACES, John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award. Each year he taught he appeared on the University of Illinois Incomplete List for Outstanding Instructors. He has enjoyed over 30 years of engaging diverse audiences and clients while bringing life to agronomic topics.