Monthly Archives: November 2012

Register now for BMP Sessions

Dear Maritime Young Farmers,

It is my pleasure to announce that a second round of Best Management Practices workshops
is being delivered in the Maritime region this year. As a farmer and farm advisor working in
the region, I am always excited to have the chance to interact with my regional peers. As
the facilitator of one of the professional development programs being offered by the Canadian
Young Farmers’ Forum (CYFF). I look forward to bringing the Best Management
Practices workshop series back to the maritime region.

Riding the tractor seat and mending fences are important tasks for farm operators, no question.
But producing food and feed products is only part of what it takes to be successful in
the rapidly evolving agriculture sector. The ability to convert crops and livestock into profits
to support the long-term viability of the farm requires the development of solid business
management skills.

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Harper Government Invests in Next Generation of Farm Leaders

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Nov 19, 2012) – The Harper Government is helping the agricultural sector to foster a new generation of farm leaders. Member of Parliament Mark Adler (York Centre), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced at the Ontario Young Farmers Forum in Toronto today an investment for two initiatives that will help to identify opportunities and address issues facing the next generation of farmers.

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NSYF Semi-Annual Meeting next week!

Date: Friday November 30, 2012

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro


Keynote speaker Lil MacPherson, owner of the Wooden Monkey, talking about future food systems, sustainable farms, environmental concerns with agriculture, soil, climate change & more.

Yousef Papadopoulos, forage breeder will discuss the changing times in agriculture and food production as it relates to climate.


6:00pm Registration – $10,  Meet & Greet, cash bar available

7:00pm Buffet Dinner

7:30pm Meeting

8:00pm Speaker

Hospitality Suite Following

2012 NSYF Semi Annual Notice [PDF]

Making The Most of Today’s Wireless Devices Workshop


Speaker Peter Gredig will help us understand the potential of smartphones in our wireless world.

You’ll get insight into social media, apps beyond email, markets and weather, and the language of wireless communications.

  • know what to look for in selecting a service provider
  • learn how wireless can help in your day-to-day activities
  • discover functionality you might not know you have
  • learn which apps are most useful in agriculture
  • get input into which device might be right for you

Peter Gredig is a corn, soybean and wheat producer based near London, Ontario,  He has a background in agricultural media and communications. He’s the president of Kettle Creek Communications and is working with a number of organizations on strategies and tools that use mobile technologies to help Canadian farmers.


Refreshments and materials provided.

Reserve a place at this free event today for you, family, friends and business partners by calling 1-800-387-3232 or you can register online

Growth Through Innovation Conference

Are You Ready to Innovate?
Learn how to grow your agri-business conference

In early December, Perennia will be hosting the Growth Through Innovation Conference at the Perennia Innovation Centre, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.  The focus of the event is to share how others have innovated in any number of areas (for example, product development, marketing, packaging, human resources) and to be the kick start of a process of continuous support for participants through an online forum/sharing board after the event.  There are only 40 seats available with a priority being given to growers and processors.

The conference will start with a food and wine pairing networking mixer on the evening of December 5, 2012 followed by the main conference on December 6th.  Speakers include:  John Rowe, creator of Honibe, David Hoffman; co-CEO of the Bragg Group of Companies; a panel with the owners of Ironworks Distillery, Pearl & Daisy natural soap company and Sledding Hill, as well as a session on value chains and a working session on how to create and develop new ideas in your business.  Mentorship groups with key representatives from funding agencies, Perennia and partners to help answer participant questions of where to go next or what resources are available to help, will close the event.

Registration is $85 + HST and includes all sessions, the networking mixer, breaks and lunch.

Partners in the conference are NSDA, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, ThinkFarm, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and the Value Chain Management Centre.

Contact Lynne ( if you have any questions. For agenda, speakers and to register visit the conference website at

NSYF Contact

Nova Scotia Young Farmers’

60 Research Drive
Perennia Innovation Park
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
B6L 2R2

Tel: (902) 893-2293
Fax: (902) 893-7063