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State and Provincial Incentives for Small and New Farms

2019 Ag Chairs Summit
July 15, 2019
9:15 am to 10:30 am
Imperial 5-7-9

Whitmore Project | Senator Donovan Dela Cruz

State Incentives for Small/New Farms | Representative Jay Edwards, Rhode Island

Small Farm Accelerator Program | Minister Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia

From Family Farm to Retail Sales | Ray Price, Sunterra Farms

Farm Succession | MNA Carlos Leitão, Quebec


Growing Small and New Farms Session Summary


Carlos Leitao

Quebec National Assembly

Mr. Leitão was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2014. For over 30 years, he worked in the banking and financial services industry, including for the Royal Bank of Canada, and later for Laurentian Bank Securities, where he was chief economist. Through his publications and news updates on major economic developments, Carlos J. Leitão has provided highly strategic guidance to businesses and institutions across the country. [node:read-more:link]

Ray Price

Sunterra Group

Ray Price grew up on a mixed farm near Acme, Alberta, Canada. After graduating from Olds College, he returned to the farm and worked in every area of the family business from cleaning pig pens to positions in sales and finance. The company, now called Sunterra Farms, has pig operations in Alberta, Ontario, South Dakota and Iowa as well as cropping operations in the Acme, Alberta area. [node:read-more:link]

Keith Colwell

Minister of Agriculture
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Minister Colwell was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1993. He has served as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Minister of Consumer Services as well as holding many other cabinet posts. Keith has owned and operated a manufacturing company for 19 years. [node:read-more:link]

Donovan Dela Cruz

Hawaii Senate

Donovan M. Dela Cruz was elected to the senate in 2010. He is currently working working on a Doctorate in Architecture at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. [node:read-more:link]

John Edwards

Rhode Island House of Representatives

John G. Edwards was first elected to the Rhode Island House in November 2008, where he serves as the House majority whip. He works as project manager for Carlin Construction Company. [node:read-more:link]


Carolyn Partridge

Vermont General Assembly

Carolyn Partridge is a self-employed farmer and seamstress. She serves as Cochair of the Council of State Governments Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship. She was first elected to the house in 1999. [node:read-more:link]