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Les Nichols Will Lead OSCIA as 2019 President

February 20, 2019 Guelph, ON – The 2019 slate of Provincial Directors for the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) was introduced in early February at their annual conference in Kingston. Taking the reins as president for the one-year term is Les Nichols from Bruce 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.

Nichols steps into the role at a very active time. “Although our crop production technology and systems continue to evolve at a rapid pace, the OSCIA mission to facilitate responsible economic management of soil, water, air and crops through development and communication of innovative farming practices, has never been more relevant,” says Nichols.

Les and his wife Mary live in Formosa. They cash-crop about 150 acres in a corn-soybean-wheat rotation. Les operates Crop Watch Consulting, working as an independent Certified Crop Advisor providing advice on production, nutrient management and planning services. He is also a licensed seed crop inspector. Prior to crop consulting Les gained 30 years of experience in agriculture retail and custom application.


The South Bruce Community and Business Association recently held the Annual General Meeting in Formosa. At that time, the executive was elected and will be as follows:

President – Adam Ireland
Vice President – Nicole Wise
Past Presient – Les Nichols
Secretary – Kathy Evans
Treasurer – Elaine Fischer
Director – Jim Gowland
Director – Jean Culliton
Director – Dave Ireland
Director – Joe Hoffarth
Director – Dale Lougheed

I would like to take this time to thank all that attended the meeting an especially the executive for 2017 for volunteering your personal time to better our community.

One of the changes that discussed and voted on for 2017 is an evolution of the SBCBA from a single executive to a committee style leadership. With the coming growth in our community from local projects such as the Gay Lea expansion, as well as regional projects such as the Bruce Power refurb, we are anticipating the need to drill down and focus each industry on growth opportunities. Hence, an industry centered committee structure to address these needs.

What this means to the general membership and community is that we will be reaching out for your help on these committees. A committee will be driving deeper into the issues that pertain directly to your business, rather than the general issues for the whole area. We need your input and participation in some initiatives that will be geared to better the area and help your business grow. We don’t want to waste you time, but as you know, progress and growth requires commitment and action.

South Bruce is sitting in a position to take advantage of some growth opportunities that are presenting themselves. The business climate is going to change, lets help form that change rather than simply react to it.


The Rural Ontario Institute has provided some information that deal with employment. You can find more information about it on this link Rural Ontario Institute Employment Fact Sheets


Growing Forward 2 Federal and Ontario Business Grants

Click on the link above to view the Growing Forward 2 Federal and Ontario Business Grants.


Ontario Accessibility Standards

Click on the link above to view the Ontario Accessibility Standards.


The SBCBA On-Line Business Directory is now up and running. To have your business listed you must be a member of the SBCBA. For information and a membership form please visit the Join Us page on this website.


The SBCBA invites Member Businesses to contact us about hosting tours and/or SBCBA meetings at your place of business. If this interests you, please send us a message at SBCBA.


New Fund to Help Innovative Companies Grow The Ontario government is moving forward with its plan to create a new venture capital fund that will help innovative start-ups and other emerging companies get the financing they need to build competitive businesses and create tomorrow’s jobs. The Ontario government will contribute up to $50 million to the new fund, which is part of the government’s plan to foster the right climate to attract investment, support innovation, create jobs and grow the economy. This new fund will build on the province’s successful Ontario Venture Capital Fund (OVCF) which invests in Ontario-focused funds that support growing companies. Created in 2008, the OVCF has leveraged $750 million in private capital. For further information, visit the website.


There is a website you can visit to see if you qualify for government R&D funding for specific businesses. Check this site to see if your business fits the criteria. http://www.glutenfreefind.com/blog/tax-credits-for-your-gluten-free-business/