2021 OSCIA President – 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.
1st Vice President – 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.
2nd Vice President – Steve Sickle
Steve 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.
Steve has also 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.
3rd Vice President – Phil Oegema
Phil is a cash crop farmer with his father west of St Thomas in Elgin county. In 2015 the family began transitioning their farm to organic, and now operates a fully certified operation growing corn, soybeans, dry edible beans, and various winter cereals. While challenging, farming organically has pushed the family into adopting innovative new technology such as camera guided equipment, precision implements, and even using electricity for weed control. Phil also runs a small organic elevator providing custom services to other organic farmers. Phil and his wife Rachel have three children aged 4, 8 and 9 who keep them busy with soccer practice, piano lessons, and the occasional trip to the emergency room.
Phil has been a director in his local soil and crop for the past decade and has ESCIA to thank not only for creating a culture of continuous improvement in Elgin County, but also for meaningful friendships around the shared goal of improving the health of our soil and water.
OSCIA Past President – 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.
2021 Honourary Presidents for OSCIA, David and Kathryn Mayberry
David and Kathryn both grew up on sixth generation dairy farms. They raised their four children and milked cows in Oxford County for 21 years before taking on the role as the Ontario Resource Coordinators for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Their interest in food, hunger and global agriculture issues made for a natural connection with farmers and development/ag extension workers around the world.
Kathryn traveled to India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya and David travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, North Korea and Central America.
One of the more encouraging programs they witnessed was Conservation Tillage programs in several countries.
The Mayberrys retired from the CFGB in 2014 when David was elected as Warden of Oxford County. They have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild.