Your 2020 OSCIA Executive Committee

2020 OSCIA Executive Committee back row (L-to-R) – Harold Rudy, Deanna Nemeth (OMAFRA), Chad Anderson & Steve Sickle front row (L-to-R) – Andrew Graham, Warren Schneckenburger, Stuart Wright & Les Nichols

2020 OSCIA President – Stuart Wright

Stuart Wright

Stuart and his wife Carolyn live and farm near Kenilworth in the north end of Wellington County. Stuart, along with his brothers Lloyd and Mark and his son Andrew, have a dairy and cash crop enterprise. They have three more children: Tim, Genna, and Chevonne.

Stuart married Carolyn Logel in 1990, successfully transplanting her from the bright lights of suburban Waterloo to the hayfields of rural Kenilworth. For many years she made the often-perilous journey to her job as a charge nurse at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, contributing greatly to her hometown and her farm family. She retired in the summer of 2019, just in time to help plan the very successful Heartland Summer Directors meeting and tour.

In 1999, Stuart entered the Forage Masters competition and discovered the value Wellington County Soil and Crop Improvement Association was bringing to the agricultural community. Stuart joined Wellington SCIA as a director in 2000, became the Local Association President in 2005, then Regional Chair of Heartland in 2007, then elected as Provincial Director in 2011 and onto the Provincial Executive Committee in 2017. He enjoys his connections with all the folks in Heartland and the staff and directors of OSCIA.

1st Vice-President (President-elect) – Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson

Chad and his wife Debbie farm just south of Sarnia in Lambton County. As the fifth generation, they operate a beef farm on the original Anderson homestead settled in 1856, where they also raised 3 children: Kaitlynn, Daniel, and Kendyl.

Along with farming Chad operates an independent crop consulting business under the shingle “Anderson Agronomy Services”. He is a University of Guelph graduate and holds the designations of Certified Crop Advisor as well as Professional Agrologist.

Chad teaches nutrient management at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus and in the past the environmental stewardship course. He is proud of the fact that he was able to acquire provincial certification for students looking to go on further in nutrient management development and introducing the Environmental Farm Plan to the stewardship curriculum, in which students can now complete their EFP as verified and eligible for cost share funding.

2nd Vice President – Warren Schneckenburger

Warren Schneckenburger

Warren is a cash crop farmer from Morrisburg in Eastern Ontario. A long-time member of the Dundas SCIA, Warren has participated as a county and regional director for nearly as long as he has been a member.

Warren farms with his wife Christine and his parents, growing corn, soybeans, winter wheat and edible beans. The farm has spent the last decade implementing soil conservation strategies into the operation as it transitions from conventional tillage to no-till soybeans. These changes have been well rooted in the mission of the OSCIA and has been the main motivation of participating on the provincial board.

3rd Vice President – Steve Sickle

Steve SickleSteve Sickle farms on the rolling hills at the north end of Brant county. The Sickle family grows corn, soybeans, black beans, winter wheat and hay in a no-till system to keep soil in place and to avoid picking countless stones in the field. Recently planting green has been implemented on the farm to further increase soil health. Having 25 beef cows on the farm also helps utilize covers for feed. The cows are grazed for upwards of 10 months, which saves hay costs and machinery start ups.

Steve has been involved in Brant Federation of Agriculture, Brant Beef Farmers and the Ag advisory council for the county.  He has been involved at the county level of soil and crop for many years and has been at the Golden Horseshoe Soil and Crop for more than a decade.

Steve has been mentored by many soil and crop members over the years to help improve his operation both financially but also environmentally. Steve truly believes the soil is in better shape now than when his father Bill purchased the farm and will be in good shape when and if their children Kara and Ethan take over.

Past President – Les Nichols

Les Nichols

Les and his wife Mary live in Formosa in southern Bruce County. They cash-crop about 150 acres in corn, soybeans and wheat. Les operates Crop Watch Crop Consulting working as an independent CCA providing crop consulting, nutrient management and NASM planning services. Les is also a Licensed Seed Crop Inspector.

Les has 30 years of experience in ag retail primarily in the crop input and custom application business.

Les has served on several organizations including Bruce Federation of Agriculture, Source Water Protection Committee, Bruce County Library Board, two terms on local council, church council, Lions Club, and a local business association.

Les and Mary have two sons, both married and he has 4 grandchildren in total. Both reside close by, one that farms, and one employed as an operator with Bruce Power.

2020 Honorary President – Harold Rudy

Harold Rudy

Harold Rudy is one of ten siblings born and raised on their family farm in Waterloo county where he lives today with his partner Sandra. He served as senior manager at the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association for over 30 years. For 15 of those years, Harold also served as the Secretary Manager of the Ontario Seed Growers’ Association. In 2016, he was a recipient of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prior to his retirement from OSCIA, Harold authored OSCIA’s 3rd history book, documenting many programs and projects from the mid-1980s to 2018. This book entitled ‘The Soil Fixers’, is more than simply a history book as it also covers numerous topics of modern agricultural practices and rural issues. He was inducted into the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame in 2017.

Since his retirement from OSCIA, he has contributed to the development of a Soils Exhibition for the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa. He also contributed behind the scenes to the successful submission by the award-winning architectural firm Moriyana Teshima, which is designing the new Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph.

After logging the woodlot on their farm in the fall of 2019, Harold and Sandra have utilized their COVID-19 lock-down time to expand their woodlot trails into a private 19-fareway disc golf course available to family and friends. When not engaged with projects on the farm, they are exploring new frontiers with their travel trailer and enjoying time with their 5 grandchildren.