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The Soil Fixers
30 Years in the Making – The SoilFixers Presented by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association featuring Harold B. Rudy
The much-anticipated publication,The SoilFixers, will be celebrated with an official book launch with friends and colleagues of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) assembling at the Cutten Fields in Guelph on Tuesday evening, November 13, 2018. Reflecting on a 30-year career at OSCIA, book author Harold Rudy has captured key events, stories and highlights focused on many land stewardship activities over this time-period. The night will be complemented with fine food, musical entertainment and a special appearance by author and playwright, Dan Needles.
“Several history books of OSCIA have been published previously back to its origin in 1939, but The SoilFixers is more than a history book. It is our stories, much of it related to our quest for improved soil management”, says Rudy. “If you are interested to learn how farmers, along with government and industry partners, strive to preserve soil as our most precious resource, and secure safe and nutritious food production for future generations, The SoilFixers is a must read.”
OSCIA’s mission is to facilitate responsible economic management of soil, water, air and crops through development and communication of innovative farming practices. “Our members have been anxiously awaiting the publication of The SoilFixers”, says OSCIA President, Peter McLaren. “As a senior manager in the organization for more than three decades, Harold was very well connected to Ontario agriculture and has collected many experiences and observations as he travelled down the stewardship road.”
Friends and colleagues are invited to pre-register for the book launch celebration. Dinner tickets are $75 and can be purchased online. Space is limited so pre-registration is required before November 5. Those who register for the dinner and entertainment can order copies of The SoilFixers at a discounted price of $25 per copy, which will be delivered at the book launch.
Host Harold Rudy will reflect on his experiences of writing this book and highlight happenings along his journey. Dan Needles, long-time friend of OSCIA and writer of the foreword for The SoilFixers will share his wisdom obtained from the back concession. All proceeds at the book launch will go to the non-profit OSCIA with earnings supporting student scholarships and on-farm soil and crop research.
November 18-19: Ontario Young Farmers Forum, held in conjunction with the OFA convention at the Hamilton Convention Centre, for participants age 18-40. Vist www.jfao.on.ca/oyff for more information.
November 30: Wellington County SCIA AGM, Alma Bible Church. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker Greg Stewart Maizex Seeds: "8 Things We Learned About Growing Corn in 2018". Register by Friday Nov. 23rd by calling Linda McFadden, 519-362-2094 (please leave a message) or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the full agenda on the Heartland website.
December 3: Waterloo AGM at Floradale Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Featuring keynote speaker Dylan Sher, producer of the film "Before the Plate". More information and the full agenda available on the Heartland website.
December 5: Huron AGM, Brussels Legion. 5:30 p.m. Featuring Mel Luymes speaking about the Huronview drainage project; Sarah-Louise Ruder speaking about digital farming; and Rick Kootstra is going to update us on his interseeding soybeans into wheat experiment. Cost is $20 and includes a hot roast beef dinner.
December 6: Forage Focus 2018, Stratford Rotary Complex. plus remote locations. $40 includes lunch and conference proceedings. Keynote speaker Michael Hutjens, Professor Emeritus, ANSC Department of Animal Sciences. U of Illinois. Call to register by November 30. 1-877-892-8663.
January 17: Save the date! Perth County AGM.
January 18: CropSmart, RIM park. January 19: FarmSmart, University of Guelph. More information on the FarmSmart webpage.