The Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) is a Federal-Provincial-Territorial funded agreement that is the architecture for Canadian agriculture policy for the 21st century starting April 1st, 2018. According to the Calgary Statement, investments CAP encompasses include trades and marketing, science, research and innovation, risk management, environmental sustainability, value added and processing, and public trust.
The agriculture industry faces many high risks from disease to weather to volatile markets. Also, capital investments for value added processing take away from the essentials such as agriculture land and harvesting equipment. In recent years, consumer perception of agriculture has been skewed due to misleading marketing and extreme activist organizations. A vast majority of farms in Nova Scotia are environmentally conscious which is evident through high uptake of programs such at the Environmental Farm Plan program which is likely due to the on-farm visit approach offered in Nova Scotia. In addition to all of this, research and innovative technologies cannot always be applied to farms in Nova Scotia because of farm/field size and the diversification on farms. In addition to funding areas identified in CAP, administration of programs has been identified as a concern by membership through NSFA’s resolution process.
NSFA has been actively involved in negotiations for the multi-lateral agreement of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership and is continuing to advocate and communicate opportunities for farmer participation in the bi-lateral negotiations.
It shall be the policy of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to play a meaningful role in the implementation of programs in any policy framework for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. NSFA will advocate for a long-term growth strategy, changes to successor programs and for policies and programs that address the specific needs of Nova Scotia’s primary agricultural industry. The Federation recognizes the need for greater investment in the agricultural industry so that programs can play a meaningful role in farm development on a continual basis.