Interested in an alliance with a dynamic and growing industry?
The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is offering a select number of businesses that serve the agricultural sector an opportunity to participate in its corporate membership program. This partnership is designed to foster and build better networks between the farm community and those with whom they do business and to provide a mutually beneficial relationship between the farm community and agri-business.
To maximize the benefit to our corporate members we limit the opportunity to participate to a number of key agri-businesses. A Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Corporate Member will be provided with a wide range of opportunities and resources that will enable them to keep in touch with Nova Scotia’s farm community and track the emerging issues in the industry. Corporate Members will also be provided with many opportunities to directly access over 2400 farm businesses in Nova Scotia.
Quick Facts About Our Industry
The combined farm gate value of agricultural products produced on Nova Scotia’s farms in 2002 was $420 million. These farm gate sales support a food industry valued at $1.6 billion annually.
Nova Scotia has 3900 census farms producing food and fibre on 400 thousand acres of improved agricultural land. Two thousand registered farm businesses account for over 95% of our agricultural production.
Our agricultural economy directly employs over 9000 Nova Scotians; another 5000 work supporting the industry beyond the farm gate. Taking into account the 25,000 other Nova Scotians who work in the food service sector, our, agri-food industry provides employment for approximately 10% of Nova Scotia’s work force.
In 2001 our farmers purchased $343 million worth of goods and services to operate their businesses. Ninety four percent or $322 million was spent purchasing goods and services from other Nova Scotian businesses.
Farmers have a total capital investment of $1.6 billion in Nova Scotia’s rural economy, and they continue to invest in our economy at a rate of $70 million per year. The yearly investment farmers make developing their farm businesses out paces all other resource sectors with the exception of oil and gas.
Our relatively small but highly efficient primary agricultural sector provides Nova Scotians with a moderate level of food security through the production of: 36,000 beef cattle; 226,000 hogs; 72 million pounds of chicken; 18 million dozen eggs; 173,000 kiloliters of milk; 2 million bushels of apples; 40 million pounds of wild blueberries; and, 200 million pounds of fresh vegetables.
Nova Scotia is a world leader in research and the production of carrots, wild blueberries, strawberry plants and fur.
The Voice of Agriculture
Since 1895, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture has represented the interests of Nova Scotia’s agricultural community. Today its members account for over 95% of all agricultural production in Nova Scotia. With an organizational structure that includes representation from 13 county and regional federations and 27 recognized agricultural commodity groups, the Federation brings together over 2000 individual farm businesses representing all aspects of primary agriculture in the province.
Through its Council of Leaders, comprised of one representative from each regional federation and one from each recognized agricultural commodity group, the Federation tackles policy issues that impact the competitive and sustainable nature of the industry and takes an active role in advancing the needs of Nova Scotia’s agricultural community at the local, regional and national levels. With a trained and competent staff, extensive networks within both the public and private sectors and the active participation of industry leaders, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture provides the single largest agricultural policy resource base available in Nova Scotia.
Along with reviewing all legislative and regulatory issues that impact the competitiveness and sustainability of the agricultural sector, the Federation actively lobbies for changes to existing legislation, regulation and public policy to reflect the progress and dynamics of the industry. In addition, the Federation continually develops and delivers programs and services to meet the needs of the farm community and is frequently asked to manage and deliver programs and services to the farm community on behalf of outside agencies.
Throughout all its endeavors, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture maintains a constant approach. That approach is guided by a philosophy that requires: extensive research; strategic planning; creative solutions; efficient implementation; and, accountability.