Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Canada’s Agri-Food Industry drive our national economy

Messages to support Agriculture’s economic importance:

  • Agricultural Land is essential to the start-up and growth of every farm. Nova Scotia has substantial opportunity to increase production with acres of under-utilized agriculture classed soils. Bringing agricultural land into production has the potential to increase the GDP in Nova Scotia.
  • In rural Nova Scotia, we’re experiencing a labour gap. If met, the gap could contribute an addition $33 million to our GDP.   Farms are adjusting to this by using new technologies that don’t require as much labour or hiring through the Temporary Foreign Worker and the Seasonal Agriculture Worker Programs.
  • Under the current tax system, a company get’s a better tax break when buying my farm than a family member who buys the farm. Also, because of capital intensity of owning a farm, the capital gains exemption is quickly used up when a new entrant buys into the farm.  We are looking for government support to help us make farm transitions easier so they stay in the family.
  • We have been facing more severe weather events with Hurricane Dorian being the most recent. The cost-shared programs between the federal and provincial government help farmers when margins are tight because of these storms and other unpredictable events.

Don’t forget to share your own farm story


  1. Scotia Horticultural Congress

    January 27 @ 8:00 am - January 28 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association Annual Convention

    January 28 @ 7:00 pm - January 29 @ 4:00 pm
  3. Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting

    February 21 @ 8:00 am - February 22 @ 5:00 pm
  4. 1st Annual Agriculture Minister’s Conference

    March 3 @ 8:00 am - March 4 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting

    March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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

Phone – 902-893-2293
Fax – 902-893-7063