Guelph, ON – The 2021 slate of Provincial Directors for the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) was introduced in early February at their virtual annual meeting. Taking the reins as president for the one-year term is Chad Anderson from Lambton County.
OSCIA, founded in 1939, is a unique not-for-profit grassroots farm organization. The organization is comprised of more than 50 local associations around the province and a membership of over 4,000 producers that reflects all major sectors. OSCIA is farmers actively seeking, testing and adopting optimal farm production and stewardship practices. Their number one applied research priority is soil health.
As a leader in agricultural stewardship program delivery for more than 30 years, OSCIA works with producers to support environmental stewardship activities in agriculture through education-based programs and cost-share funding opportunities.
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.
It is a real privilege and honor to have the support of the board, the St. Clair Region and my family to be the 2021 OSCIA president. Having been involved in my time on the board with two strategic plans, I am excited to see us continue to build on our plans to strengthen our grassroots and build on past association success for a great Soil and Crop future. Our board is made up of a dynamic and passionate group of farm leaders and I am confident our efforts with the help of the talented OSCIA staff will be very fruitful in empowering our locals and regions to be the best farm organization we can be, whether that be in knowledge transfer, applied research, membership engagement or whatever else comes along the way.
The other individuals representing OSCIA regions on the provincial Board of Directors are:
|Warren Schneckenburger – 1st Vice, Eastern Valley||Steve Sickle – 2nd Vice, Golden Horseshoe|
|Phil Oegema – 3rd Vice, Thames Valley||Stuart Wright – Past President|
|Cory Cowan, St. Clair||Andy van Niekerk, Georgian Central|
|John Poel, Heartland||Eleanor Renaud, Ottawa Rideau|
|Birgit Martin, Northeastern Ontario||Stefan Szeder, Northwestern Ontario|
The Honorary Presidents for 2021 are David & Kathryn Mayberry.
For more information contact Andrew Graham, Executive Director at email@example.com