Fisheries and Land Resources
October 25, 2018

Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada Welcome New Entrants to Agriculture Industry

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, visited Exploits Meadow Farms in Bishop’s Falls today and saw first-hand the good things that happen when government stands behind its commitment to grow the Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture industry one new entrant at a time.

The Provincial and Federal Governments are focused on giving all new entrants the tools they need to enter and build a strong foundation in the agriculture industry. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership $37 million ($22.2 million federally and $14.8 million provincially) will be allocated over five years to the Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture and agri-foods industry. To date, $1.3 million has already been committed to 23 new entrant applicants.

Under the Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program, 33 new entrants are approved with a commitment total of $559,605. Today, Minister Byrne announced the partnership has committed more than $47,000 to Exploits Meadow Farms.

The 2016 Census of Agriculture counted 407 agricultural operations in Newfoundland and Labrador, down 20.2 percent from 2011 and the highest percentage decline in Canada. Nationally, farm numbers decreased by 5.9 percent. Encouraging new entrants is one way the Provincial Government is working to turn that around. Through the Way Forward, government is focused on increasing Newfoundland and Labrador’s food self-sufficiency to at least 20 per cent by 2022, increasing secondary processing of food products and generating employment within the agriculture industry.

Supporting initiatives like this also delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“Today we are celebrating two of the many new entrants into the agriculture industry. Rodney Reid and Brad Smith are representative of the individuals who are developing land, installing innovative equipment, and applying the sound business practices that will take the industry to the next level. Our government is committed to helping new entrants by providing financial support, information and networking opportunities. I am very happy today to welcome Rodney Reid and Brad Smith to the agriculture industry. I wish them all the best as they move ahead with their agri-business. ”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Fisheries and Land Resources

“Encouraging new entrants is key to building a strong and competitive agriculture industry, both here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across the country. We are proud to partner with the provincial government to help make this possible for our innovative farmers who see the opportunities in this growing and vibrant industry.”
Scott Simms
Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays-Central -Notre Dame

“As new entrants we are excited to be entering an industry that has great potential and we look forward to continuing to work with the Provincial and Federal Governments as we move ahead with our plans for Exploits Meadow Farm. This is a great time to get involved in agriculture. Through programs like the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and the Young Farmers Initiative, we are opening the industry to other new entrants.”
Rodney Reid and Brad Smith
Exploits Meadow Farm

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Fisheries and Land Resources
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Rodney Reid
Exploits Meadow Farms
709-258-6154; 709-290-5262

2018 10 25                              12:50 p.m.