Strong farms. Sustainable workforce. Sound future.
The AgSector Program supports farms by providing access to the tools and resources they need to ensure a sustainable workforce. Our work is focused on the needs of employers and workers, and actively promotes agriculture as a rewarding career.
Your Resource for Attracting and Retaining a Sustainable Workforce
- Delivering human resources support and best practices.
- Navigating labour legislation and programs.
- Supporting succession planning through tools and resources.
- Promoting innovative approaches to workforce challenges.
- Fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion within the industry.
- Strengthening the workforce through skills development, education and training, and career promotion.
How we do it
- Deliver training and workshops
- Develop templates, tools, and best practices for use on farm
- Keep you up to date through newsletters, websites and social media
- Work with stakeholders and industry partners
- Promote agricultural careers to Nova Scotians
HR Best Practices Series
Farm business owners face countless responsibilities and demands on their time. Your business depends on the people who work for you, but managing and supporting your workforce can be a challenging and complex task. To provide some guidance, we are delivering a six-week series of HR Best Practices that employers may wish to consider, to nurture good employee relations while remaining compliant with legislation.
First, what are “HR Best Practices”?
Best practices are a set of Human Resources Management processes and actions that work universally. Use of best practices can lead to improved business performance, increasing productivity and profitability. It is no secret that the agriculture industry has many unique needs, and the AgSector Program helps to consider those needs and provide custom industry resources.
Human resource activities fall into six core silos that every farm business should manage:
Education & Training
Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary
The 2020 Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary will provide bursaries of up to $1,000 for eligible post-secondary students who work on registered Nova Scotia farms for the summer of 2020. The bursary program helps Nova Scotia students get a foot in the door to careers in agriculture and develop skills and knowledge to work in this field. Check out details here.
HR & Labour
For employers wanting help hiring and training your staff so you can grow your business, this guide breaks down what provincial programs can do for you.
For further information or to discuss your farm’s workforce needs, contact the AgSector Program Coordinator today.