The Kings County Federation of Agriculture represents the interests of the agricultural community in Kings County and is an active voice for its members with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, provincial and national governments.

Board of Directors

Katie Keddy, President

Katie Keddy graduated from the NSAC with a B.Sc in Agriculture. She now lives in Woodville, working alongside her husband and in-laws on their farm growing sweet potatoes, inspected strawberry plants, raspberry and blackberry canes. Katie sits on various agriculture boards and committees all while taking an active role in her sons’ elementary school. This includes implementing the Farm to School snack program and helping out with the school garden. Katie and her husband, Phil, have two young sons, ages 4 and 6. Katie also serves as the Vice President for Farm Safety Nova Scotia.

Judy Rafuse, Secretary

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Allan Melvin, Vice President

Allan Melvin grew up on his family’s 5th generation vegetable farm in Pereaux, Kings County. After studying Business Administration at Acadia University, Allan obtained his Chartered Accountants designation and worked across Canada and Internationally before settling back to rural Nova Scotia, where he resides with his wife Heather, and son Ryker.

In addition to working on the family farm, Allan also works at Bishop and Company Chartered Professional Accountants, Allan provides accounting and advisory services with a focus on Agriculture based clients. Allan splits his time between these two roles, which allow him to support the agriculture industry in many ways.

Allan is the Past President and current Vice President of the Kings County Federation of Agriculture, the 1st Vice President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and is a member of the Agriculture Advisory Group with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Allan has also earned a certificate from Texas A&M for his participation in The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).

Tom Cosman, Treasurer

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Amy VanderHeide, Director

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Cody Legge, Director

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David Newcombe, Director

David Newcombe returned to the family farm after graduating from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance in May 2014. He is now home on the farm with his father Craig and uncle Brian where they have a dairy, broiler and layer operation with a feed mill on farm. David is proudly the 10th generation Newcombe to be farming at Cornwallis Farms Ltd. in Port Williams. David also serves as the President of Farm Safety Nova Scotia.

Gail Sawler, Director

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Lindsey Vermeulen, Director

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