Are you a member of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture? Have you considered a membership but aren’t quite sure what being a member means?
The NSFA supports farm families and businesses through lobby and advocacy efforts and the delivery of programs and services. The NSFA works in the best interest of our members and by becoming a member, it means that your farm has a say in the work and direction of the organization. Currently the NSFA represents the interest of over 2,400 farms, which accounts for well over 90% of all agricultural production in Nova Scotia. The vision of the NSFA is a prosperous and sustainable future for Nova Scotia farms and farmers and is supported by our mission which is to influence and affect change for the continual success of agriculture in Nova Scotia.
Advocacy and Lobby
The NSFA monitors and reviews trends, legislations and programs that impact the industry. We actively lobby and advocate for changes and improvements to legislation, programs and public policy. We work with our members and a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure our members’ voices are represented and heard. A few key advocacy areas of the NSFA are:
- Transportation: farm plates, infrastructure, regulatory challenges
- Labour and skills training
- Agricultural land
- Wildlife compensation and control
- Investment in agriculture through funding programs
Programs and Services
The NSFA also delivers a variety of programs and services in partnership with other agencies, which support its members through education, awareness and training. Our core programs include:
- Environmental Farm Plan helps farmers identify and assess environmental risk on their property. It enables farmers to incorporate environmental considerations into their everyday business decisions.
- Farm Safety Nova Scotia works with Nova Scotia farms to keep farmers, their families, and their employees safe. With a goal of ensuring farmers have access to the tools and resources they need to operate safe and productive farms.
- Meet Your Farmer – Public Trust works to increase the public’s trust in Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry through public awareness campaigns and supporting farmers in sharing their message.
- Ag Sector Program supports farms with human resources tools and skills training, along with career promotion, worker recruitment and retention and succession planning.
In addition to the work done on behalf of and in support of the industry, the NSFA also provides a benefits program to its members. The benefits program includes discounts on health insurance, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Chrysler, Enterprise and more – just a thank you for being a part of our organization!
Becoming a Member
To become a member of the NSFA, you’ll need to “Check the Box” on Section 6 of your farm registration form – there is no additional cost above your farm registration fee. If you haven’t received a farm registration form or you didn’t “Check the Box” when you submitted it – it’s not too late – contact the Farm Registrar’s Office at (902)893-6377.
We hope you’ll become a member of the NSFA, if you’re not already, and get involved in our organization! We have a number of active committees for both policy and programs, along with training and workshop opportunities – whatever fits your goals! Member or not, be sure to join us for our Annual Meeting on November 28 and 29 at the Glengarry Best Western in Truro to learn more about our organization and to become part of our network.
Farm Registration Renewals
Farm Registration is renewed annually on April 1st. If you have previously registered your farm, you should receive registration renewal documents from the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Farmers need to update any information and complete the remaining sections.
If you are registering a new farm business, please see the Registration Forms section of this page.
What are the benefits of registering my farm?
- Access to farm assistance programs (Canadian Agricultural Partnership)
- Access to veterinary services and herd health
- No tax on marked diesel fuel
- Zero taxation on farm land
The 2018/19 Farm Registration Renewals are now available!
You can complete the entire farm registration process online.
You may also mail your Farm Registration or register in person at any Access Nova Scotia location.
Farm Registration Fees
|Gross Farm Receipts||Fee|
|$30,000 – $99,999||$400|
|$100,000 – $499,999||$600|
|$500,000 – $999,999||$850|
|$1,000,000 or more||$975|
Farm Registration – Frequently Asked Questions
What does my registration pay for?
Registration fees provide funding for the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA). Following a change in the Farm Registration Act, refunds of fees are no longer an option. All registration fees will remain with the NSFA.
Do I receive any documentation as a result of registering?
A wallet size farm registration card is sent to the client once the application is processed.
How long does it take to get registration documentation?
Approximately six weeks, keeping in mind there are periods in which there is an influx of applications so some delays may occur. If you experience a delay longer than six weeks please contact Farm Registrar at 893-6510.
What do I do if I have changes to my business information?
Changes to the business name, address, partners, should be reported to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations at 1-800-670-4357.
I purchased an existing farm which has been registered, what do I do?
Since farm ownership has changed you will have to submit a new application for registration, and a new farm registration card will be issued.
Where can I get more information on farm assistance programs?
By visiting www.gov.ns.ca/agri/prm or by calling Programs and Business Risk Management at 1-902-893-6510.