Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

AgSector Update

Community Roots Pilot Program

The AgSector Program has been participating in the Community Roots Pilot Program that was recently launched in Valley area. The program is a joint venture between the Valley Community Learning Association, the Department of Community Services, and Department of Labour and Advanced Education. It is designed to remove barriers and provide wage support, matching local labour with local farms. Unemployed individuals are vetted, coached and ready to go to work. There is still time to participate! If your farm is between Windsor and Middleton and needs labour for harvest season, please reach out to hboyd@nsfa-fane.ca. Hiring local supports consumers buying local!

Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary

Don’t forget about the Agriculture On- Farm Student Bursary Program, designed to help address the labour gap. The bursary provides up to $1,000 to students who work at least 500 hours. Details are found at novascotia.ca/programs/onfarm-student-bursary/. Program opens on September 1, 2020. Application deadline is November 30, 2020.

Support the Source

Our Support the Source video campaign launched on YouTube has gotten our job bank great exposure, with 37,500 views and reaching over 72,300 people! This video ad ran for the month of July, if you haven’t watched it yet you can find the video on NSFA’s Youtube Channel!

COVID-19 Financial Relief Measures Guide

We continue to receive weekly updates on the Federal and Provincial governments economic response to COVID-19 . Each week, MNP updates the Measures Guide to ensure the information provided is as current as possible. You can find the guide by visiting nsfa-fane.ca/covid-19

Resource Development

We are also working on website development and building resources and content to help farms navigate labour, human resources and more. The Workplace Education Committee plans to meet late August to develop a winter course plan. If your farm has needs or suggestions on training and resources, please reach out and let us know.

Coming up…

Keep an eye out for the Workforce Recruitment and Financial Considerations for Agricultural Producers webinar in the fall!

How can we support you?

As the AgSector Program develops tools and resources, please let us know how we can support the needs of your farm. Contact Heather at hboyd@nsfa-fane.ca or 902-893-2293 to discuss how we can help your farm’s labour needs.

events

  1. Nova Scotia Young Farmers AGM

    December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. Farm Transition Webinar

    December 2 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture AGM

    December 3 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  4. Virtual Happy Hour

    December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Mental Fitness 101: Foundational Elements to Building a Mental Fitness Plan

    December 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

contact

7 Atlantic Central Drive
East Mountain, N.S.
B6L 2Z2

Phone – 902-893-2293
Fax – 902-893-7063
E-mailinfo@nsfa-fane.ca