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ANNUAL MEETING

Fall is upon us, and with it comes our Annual General Meeting. We hope to see you there, so you can have a say in the future direction of our organization. Please look over the Financial Report before you come.

Besides hearing from you, an exciting agenda with great guest speakers are lined up to give you something worth listening to. Valerie Behan-Pelletier from the Biological Resource Division of Ag Canada in Ottawa will discuss soil micro-organisms, their use and functions. A farmer panel focusing on weed control and crop rotation sequences in organic cash crops has been put together as well. The three farm panel includes: Ted Shelegy who farms a sandy loam soil in the south end of Brant county and, after many years of growing conventional cash crops in the heart of the corn belt, is now in his second year of certified spelt and soybeans; Gary and Joan Fischer who combine a diversified livestock operation with cash cropping spelt, corn, soys, hulless oats and rye in Bruce county; and Harro and Anke Wehrmann whose 600 acre operation includes certified spelt, wheat, oats, sunflowers, soybeans, edible beans, rye and hay and is located close to Lake Huron near Ripley. There's more yet. Dr Schiltuis, a vet from Goderich, will discuss the practice of homeopathy on livestock. Brenda Donner, someone who's been there, will give a short presentation on CUSO's overseas employment in the agricultural field. And finally, what always turns out to be a lively, the open forum discussion where members share some unusual experiences from the past year.

Displays are welcome, free of charge. Please call Mike Beretta at (519) 887-9217 to let him know if you are planning to set one up.

The children's program will again be available for ages 5-12. This includes inside and outside activities- weather permitting (dress appropriately). It's free of charge as well.

An organic lunch will be provided this year, so all you need to bring is yourself and your support for the organization. At $15 a person this should be an interesting day and well worth your time to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

AGENDA

9-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:00 Opening Comments

10:00-11:00 Valerie Behan-Pelletier "Soil micro-organisms: their use and function"

11:00-12:00 Business- Directors' report and elections

12:00-1:00 Organic Lunch

1:00-1:15 CUSO presentation

1:15-2:30 Dr. Schiltuis "Homeopathy and Livestock"

2:30-3:00 Farmer to Farmer- Sharing our Experiences

3:00-4:00 Farmer panel- "Weed control and crop rotation"

Wrap Up

FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD

October 1/94 to September/95

INCOME

Memberships 8004

Course Income 19910

Fall Conference 377

Donations 1875

Farm Advisory Re-donations 210

Interest 145

CSA 1369

Other 493

TOTAL $32,383

EXPENSES

Bank 40

Newsletter (4 issues, including postage) 3944

Office/Legal (MVCA costs, registration) 730

Courses

Directors' Time 200

Other 17861

Fall Conference 274

Farm Tours -

Farm Advisory

Consultation 260

Other (Mileage) 133

Research (Stonehouse, proposals) 500

Publicity 677

Directors' Meetings 769

Other (CSA Resource Centre, gifts) 630

CSA 630 Library 20

LON -

TOTAL $26,716

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