The NSYF Board consists of 7 elected members.  Directors are elected bi-annually by the members at the Annual Meeting.  Below is a list of current NSYF Board Members.

Director – Rebecca O’Connell [President]

Director – Larry Weatherby Jr. [Vice-President]

Director – Alana Bent  [Treasurer]

Director – Megan McCully [Secretary]

Director – Jillian Bent [Western Region]

Director – Jonathan Waugh [Central Region]

Director – Amanda Vosman [Eastern Region]

Nicolas Roy [Past President]

 

 

President – Rebecca O’Connell

Upper Stewiacke, NS

Rebecca was born and raised on a small beef farm In Upper Stewiacke. As a member of the Stewiacke Valley 4-H program from age 7-21, Rebecca kept busy with both livestock and life skills projects. Rebecca graduated with her Degree in Agricultural Business, minor in Animal Science from the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture in 2014.

Since then, she has worked full time for Truro Agromart in Onslow doing Customer Relations, Sales Support and Logistics of crop inputs specializing in fertilizer, seed, crop protectants, and crop advising.

In 2017, Rebecca and her partner Alex purchased her grandparents’ 4 generation dairy farm in Upper Stewiacke. They milk about 35 Holstein cows in a tie-stall barn, while growing a mix of grasses, alfalfa, and corn silage on about 75 acres. Rebecca and Alex enjoy showing their cattle each summer at the local fairs.

Additionally, Rebecca participates in agricultural organizations such as Nova Scotia Young Farmers, the Dalhousie Agricultural Students’ Association, and the Central Nova Holstein Club. She is excited about the agriculture and food industry, and absolutely loves gathering with friends and family around good food. She also enjoys decorating cakes as a little side business!

 

 

Vice-President – Larry Weatherby Jr.

Truro, NS

Larry was born and raised on a family beef farm in Harmony, NS. Here with his father and brother they operate a 150 head, cow calf operation. Larry has also begun his own herd, and is currently sitting at 20 head of cattle. An active member of the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers, Cape John Community Pasture, as well as a volunteer firefighter with the Salmon River Fire Brigade – Larry has sat on the NSYF board for three years and has been involved in the organization since 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer – Alana Bent

Middleton, NS

Hi, my name is Alana Bent and I’m from a dairy farm in the Annapolis Valley. I’m 23 years old and just completed a bachelor of agricultural sciences with a major in Plant sciences. I currently work for the Truro Agromart as a sales representative as well as helping my family on the farm. I have been involved in my local 4-H program for over 10 years. I’m really excited to be a part of the Nova Scotia young farmers, it will be my third year as a member and a director. My goals are to bring more awareness to the group and have a more active membership especially from the Valley region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary – Megan McCully

Great Village, NS

Megan was the first in her family to start on an agricultural path in 2011 when she started at the NSAC with an interest in science. That same year, she met her boyfriend Jonathan Millen, part owner of Millen Farms Ltd. After her first year was complete she applied for several summer student jobs on campus and got hired in the plant science department. Her interest in plant science grew at school and at home and she graduated in 2015 with a degree in Plant Science from Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. After graduation, she started her agriculture career with a job at Cavendish Agri Services in Truro. In the fall of 2016 she switched to her current job as a sales representative for Truro Agromart Ltd. in Onslow where she spends her time on the road seeing customers or in the field scouting and sampling.

In her spare time Megan enjoys playing hockey and spending time with family and friends. In the summer she sells strawberries and blueberries for Millen Farms at the Halifax Seaport Farmers market every Saturday with her step-son Adam. Megan also likes to help Adam keep up with his 4H beef and sheep projects. Along with having Adam half the time, Megan and Jonathan have a daughter named Addison together and live in Great Village. Her life is surrounded by agriculture at work and at home where she helps out at the farm any time she can. Megan is excited to be a part of the Nova Scotia Young Farmers board as of 2020!

 

 

Western Region – Jillian Bent

Middleton, NS

Hello, my name is Jillian Bent and I grew up on my family’s dairy farm in the Annapolis Valley. With my agricultural roots, I decided to attend Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, majoring in Agricultural Business and double minoring in Agricultural Economics and Plant Science. After graduating university, I travelled to New Zealand to work on a dairy farm that milked 540 cows for five months and explored the country on my days off. After my time abroad, I have now settled back down on my family’s dairy farm where we milk 110 cows, with plans to eventually own the farm alongside my older brother. This is my second year as a young farmer’s member, as well as being a director and I am excited to be a part of it!

 

 

Central Region – Jonathan Waugh

New Town, NS

My name’s Jonathan Waugh and I’m a dairy farmer from Nova Scotia. We are located in New Town, milking 200 Holsteins and cropping 800 acres of land. Our farm is a family operation established in 1942 currently being run by my uncle, myself, my fiancé and a great staff that aims to produce the highest quality dairy product. My background consists of working on multiple dairy farms to experience different ways of doing things, this matched with graduating in 2017 from Dal AC with a diploma in Business Management. I am looking forward to not only my fourth year involved with NSYF but also third year on their board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Region – Amanda Vosman

Antigonish, NS

Following her parents footsteps, Mandy graduated from NSAC in 2010 with a B.Sc. (Agr.) majoring in Environmental Sciences. Growing up on a dairy farm ingrained agriculture in her DNA, making the university (now Dal-AC) an obvious choice. Following graduation Mandy worked in agri-research before returning to the AC for a few years in student recruitment. She enjoyed working with the “future in agriculture” but decided to return to school to pursue further studies. She now is currently finishing up her M.Sc. with a focus on reducing N losses from agro-ecosystems at St.F.X. Mandy and her husband Will own and operate Trivee Farms in Antigonish. They both have a strong passion for the industry and feel very fortunate to raise their family on their dairy farm.

 

 

 

 

Past President – Nicolas Roy

Fort Ellis, NS

Nicolas graduated from NSAC in 2006 with BSc. (Agri) Business Major & Animal Science Minor. Agriculture has been a passion of his throughout his life while spending many years on his family’s dairy, broiler, beef, feeders, fruit, & feed crop farm in the Annapolis Valley. He currently owns his own farm and contract business. The primary production side of the business focuses on his apiary which he began in 2018, and has expanded to over 50 hives of honey bees going into 2020. Honey bees was not the commodity he was always involved in. Starting at a young age with the help of many family members he learnt the beginnings of business by running a small fruit stand with his siblings until he went to college. Post college and moving away from the family farm brought about new opportunities to explore in agriculture! His focus then moved to agricultural services in blueberry harvester operator, agricultural construction, milk recording, contract cropping operator, farm management relief, and dairy robotics maintenance/service. Taking an opportunity to teach at Dal AC part-time for 2 years he moved back to working in primary agriculture in the dairy and fruit/vegetable commodities. Currently taking the knowledge and experiences he has gained over the years he is working to grow his own farm while working off-farm as a Dairy Robotic Specialist for DeLaval NA. His involvement with the NSYFF goes back to 2005 while holding a board position since 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Past NSYF Board Members

2015-2018 – Sarah Greeno

2015-2017 – Cody Legge

2013-2017 – Josh Greeno

2015-2017 – Jessie Swinamar

2015-2016 – John Oostvogels

2010-2016 – Philip Keddy

2013-2014 – Jaclyn Mosher

2011-2014 – Pam Bailey

2014 – Amy Atwell

2013 – David Brennan

2010-2012 – Colin Brown

2011-2012 – Katie Keddy

2011-2012 – Kyley Cole

2010-2012 – Melissa Fulton

2007-2010 – Nathan Greeno

2009-2010 – Janette McDonald

2010 – Jason Van der Linden

2007-2009 – Justin Beck

2008-2009 – Evan Biggs

2008-2009 – Shawna Bervkens

2008-2009 – Heather Fulton

2007 – Ian Richardson

2007 – Teresa VanOostrum

2007 –  Mathrew Reeves

2007 – Alicia King

 

 

 

NSYF Contact

Nova Scotia Young Farmers’

7 Atlantic Central Drive
East Mountain, Nova Scotia
B6L 2Z2

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

Email: nsyoungfarmers@gmail.com