Below you will find the resolutions adopted at the 2020 Annual General Meeting on December 3, 2020.

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Membership
  • Whereas membership in the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is currently limited to farms registered through the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Farm Registration System; and
  • Whereas in 2020 the Department of Agriculture changed its farm registration policies resulting in many farms being removed from the membership roll of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and a loss of membership revenue to the Federation; and
  • Whereas the policy change was made unilaterally by the Department of Agriculture without consultation with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture; and
  • Whereas future changes to the registration system may be made unilaterally by the Department of Agriculture thereby removing more farmers from the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture membership; and
  • Whereas the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture should have the power to control its own membership;
  • Therefore, be it resolved, that the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture jointly undertake a review and decide on the criteria for the Nova Scotia Farm Registration System.
TFW and Processing
  • Whereas processing is necessary for many primary agricultural products to be consumed; and
  • Whereas many farms in Nova Scotia have processing integrated into their farm operations;
  • Therefore, be it resolved, that the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture lobby for the inclusion of processing on farm for the TFW and SAWP programs.
Processing of Livestock and Poultry
  • Whereas COVID-19 has brought to light the lack of sufficient infrastructure in the value chain to get Nova Scotia meat to Nova Scotia consumers; and
  • Whereas most small and large farms find it difficult to process their livestock and poultry;
  • Therefore, be it resolved, that the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture lobby the Nova Scotia Government to close the infrastructure gap by looking at on-farm and/or mobile inspected slaughter, funding for new entrants in processing capacity and funding for existing processors.
Wood Ash/Fly Ash Subsidy
  • Whereas soils in Nova Scotia are generally acidic; and
  • Whereas the application of wood ash/fly ash is known to raise pH of soils and provide other beneficial nutrients to the soil; and
  • Whereas wood ash/fly ash is available only in a few locations throughout Nova Scotia resulting in transportation costs to use it;
  • Therefore, be it resolved, that the NSFA lobby the Department of Agriculture to have Wood Ash/Fly Ash transportation subsidized similarly to the Limestone Transportation subsidy through the Business and Risk Management Programs.