Hello Fellow Soil and Crop Members,

As summer nears to an end, tomato and sugar beet harvest are well at hand. Corn silage and edible beans are just around the corner. The summer heat sure brought the crop on as many soybeans have been turning, as well. With fall approaching, the region has been discussing how to deal with our winter annual meetings which will be here before we know it. We are working on plans to share one or more guest speakers and hold a virtual event sometime in December. Boy, all these virtual events and things are good but I sure will be glad when we can all get together again, shake hands, break bread, and just plain visit and catch up on things. Anyways, we have to work with the cards we are dealt and I am sure your directors will come up with a great solution and provide some great benefit for your membership dollar.

At the provincial level, we just completed a new three-year strategic plan. We also did this virtually and it seemed to work just fine. I am really happy to see that for the most part we are continuing to focus on items that we centered on with our last plan 5 years ago. We will continue to engage membership and strive to be a strong grassroots organization. There is also emphasis to continue looking at cost cutting measures and revenue streams in order to be a sustainable organization into the future. New this time, we will be looking at our regional structure to see if there are any changes since the last restructuring that took place to make sure we are meeting members needs and continue being a strong farmer network.

I wish you a safe harvest and hope to meet up soon in real time!

Chad Anderson

OSCIA Provincial Director/Chairperson—St. Clair Region

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