Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019

Interested in starting or growing an agricultural business?


The NG Rural Summit is your opportunity to learn, share and network with local farmers, business owners and related industry professionals.

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Day One Agenda, Friday April 12th, 2019

8:00am – Registration, networking coffee and pastries.

9:00am – Opening remarks and welcome – The Honourable Michael Barrett, MP, The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing and Nancy Peckford, Mayor of North Grenville.

10:00am – 10:45am – Round one of breakout sessions.

  • Grants and Educational Opportunities in Agriculture.
  • Regulatory Changes to Food Premises Regulations.
  • Alternative Farming Methods – Vertical Farming.
  • How Organic Farming is a Win-Win-Win for Farmers, Economic Development and Rural Communities.

11:00am – Trade Show Opens At W.B George Centre Gym (Closes at 6:00pm)

11:00am – 11:45am – Round two of breakout sessions.

  • Farm Succession Planning
  • Kemptville Chicks – “Farm to Table” In Action
  • Upper Canada Creamery – Key Elements In Agri-food Startup
  • TBD

12:00pm – 12:45pm – Round three of breakout sessions.

  • Blue Gypsy Wines – The Successes and Challenges
  • Raising Heritage Livestock
  • Automation and Robotics in the Dairy Industry
  • Simple, Can-do Ideas For Small Rural Towns and Municipalities

12:45pm – 2:15pm – Farm To Table Buffet Lunch – Group #1 (12:45pm) – Group #2 (1:15pm)

12:45pm – 2:15pm – Trade Show Visiting Time and Networking.

2:15pm – 3:00pm – Round four of breakout sessions.

  • Pinball Brewing – Small Batch Beer Brewing
  • Gardening Optimization – Getting the Most Out of Your Garden
  • Re-discovering the Co-operative Business Model
  • Respecting Food Sources – Everyone’s Responsibility

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Remarks – UCLG Warden Pat Sayeau, North Grenville Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman,and special guest TBC.

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Panel Discussion – “Cannabis In Canada. Where We Are and Where We’re Going”. A conversation about the future economic opportunities in the cannabis sector.

5:00pm – Closing remarks and recognition.

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Final Trade Show Hour

Day Two Agenda, Saturday April 13th, 2019

9:00am – 11:00am – Business Development Workshops

  • How To Transition To Organic Production Successfully (for farmers) and How to Use the Growth of the Organic Sector For Your Community’s Advantage (non-farmers)
  • Farm Succession Planning
  • Creating A Not Your Typical Business Plan
  • Funding and financing options for your business through Grenville Community Futures DC

11:00am – 3:30pm – Agri-food Bus Tour With Picnic Lunch – “All Aboard Agri-food Tourism Workshop” with tour guide Moe Garahan of Just Food. “Take a guided look behind the curtain at how these agri-food businesses operate”. Site visits included are:

  • Upper Canada Creamery
  • Mountain Orchards
  • Blue Gypsy Wines

11:00am – 12:30pm – Special Tour of the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Hub – get a guided tour by campus staff of some of the beautiful facilities, heritage buildings, and natural assets.

2019 Speakers

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Les Kom

Seven Steps to Succession Success: An Action Path for Farm Operators
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Conveniently located on Highway 416, Kemptville is just a 30-minute drive from both Ottawa and Brockville. We are looking forward to meeting with participants from all around Eastern Ontario!

Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019

Parish Hall, Kemptville College Campus
Kemptville, ON