Agricultural land is land that is managed for farm use and land with agricultural potential. These uses
include pasture land, crop land, horticultural land, maple groves, Christmas tree, orchards and class 2, 3,
and 4 soils as defined by the Canadian Land Inventory. Ensuring availability of agricultural land allows
for future generations to farm.
There are many issue areas that are impacting agricultural land use. According to the “Preservation of
Agricultural Land” report by the Agriculture Land Review Committee, Nova Scotia has a little over 29%
(1.57 million hectares) if its land classed as Agriculture. Of these 1.57 million hectares, 182 thousand
hectares was being farmed in 2006. The report indicated that agriculture land abandonment, urban
sprawl/development, soil fertility and impact of rising water on dykeland are all issues of concern that
must be addressed. Beyond insuring availability of agricultural land for present and future generations,
increasing land values, property migration when sold and trespassing are all significant concerns among
In 2017, NSFA convened an Agricultural Land Policy Committee to continue work on addressing the
aforementioned issues as well as other recommendations. The committee’s goal is to examine and work
toward implementation of the recommendations in the Preservation of Agriculture Land Report. The
committee has representation from varying organizations who are impacted by work directly with
agricultural land, including NSFA Executive and Council, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture,
Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust Society, Department of Municipal
Affairs, Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, and Perennia.
It shall be the policy of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to address land issues through a joint committee and collaborative effort. The Federation will lobby for a comprehensive land use strategy that will include an agricultural land bank, 0% taxation on land owned by a registered farm or land actively maintained as farmland by a registered farmer, access to Crown Land for agriculture use, and support for those who bring land into agriculture production. The Federation will also use the appropriate avenues to request at minimum that 5,000 acres of agriculture land be placed under easement within the five-year review of EGSPA.