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Where to Find Your Land PID?
What are the current livestock fencing guidelines?
Issues with wildlife?
When White-tail deer become a nuisance
We have received reports from farmers of damage from various wildlife including deer. There seem to be lots around the countryside as we motor through and they can be caught grazing on the crops, fields of vegetables and jumping the trellis’s to the apple orchard. If farmers are having an issue with wildlife damage, there are some steps you can take to help manage the issue and if needed, be compensated for losses.
It helps to report the issue and damage to Department of Natural Resources by reporting the damage, issues will be recorded and tracked for future reference. If needed a Nuisance Permit can be obtained, see the link or ask about this process at the DNR field office.
Connect with Hunters!
The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters are also interested in working with farmers to connect you with one of their members during the hunting season. The NSFA encourages farmers to make contact with Tony Rodgers at Federation of Anglers and Hunters to get in contact with a hunter and make a connection that will work for both parties. The website is www.nsfah.ca and the office number is 902-477-8898
The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture delivers a Wildlife Compensation Program through the NS Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission. There are various compensation levels for livestock and for crop damage caused by wildlife. Details and contact information on the program can be found in the brochure or online.
Think Farm – Ready, Set, Grow
This website is the result of a new entrant working group and is a resource for beginning farmers in Nova Scotia. However, it is a great resource for existing or transitioning farmers too.
Check it out: www.gov.ns.ca/agri/thinkfarm
Farm Family Support Center
The Farm Family Support Centre is managed as a Member Assistance Program (MAP) through Morneau Shepell.
The MAP is a voluntary, confidential, short-term counselling and advisory service that connects farmers and their immediate family members to a network of dedicated professionals who are available to provide assistance 24 hours a day.
This program is available at no cost for up to 3 hours per case. If you require more specialized or longer-term support, your MAP will help you select an appropriate specialist or community service that can provide assistance.
The MAP provides support related to:
- Mental health
- and much more
Atlantic Farmer is also a great source for current Atlantic Agriculture News online.