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Young Farmers BBQ and Social

The image001Nova Scotia Young Farmers and the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers have joined forces timage002o bring you an afternoon of networking and fun Saturday August 8th .

The afternoon will start at 1pm with a tour of  KB Kinsman & Son Farm Ltd. at 1774 Highway 358 in Port Williams.

After the tour, we will proceed to Keddy’s Nursery at  982 North Bishop Road in Kentville for the Nova Scotia Young Farmers Annual Meeting

(NSYF has a board term that has expired so we will be looking to fill this position).

The BBQ Social will take place immediately following the short meeting so we encourage you to stick around for  this great opportunity to  chat with other young farmers and enjoy local NS products.

For more information and to register, please contact Krista at (902)893-2293 or email: khewitt@nsfa-fane.ca

 

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Difficult Discussion and Conflict Management for Young Farmers

Not sure how to talk to Dad about succession? What about dealing with your cousin’s hot headed temper when something goes wrong? Dreading that meeting that will certainly stir up the organization?

Nova Scotia Young Farmers will be holding a workshop will take place on March 15 starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Annapolis Boardroom, Perennia Innovation Park, Bible Hill.

This workshop will be facilitated by Debbie Lawrence – consultant, coach and owner of Abundant Living.

Following the workshop there will be a farm tour of Stokdijk Greenhouses in Beaver Brook. You can register by calling 893-2293 or info@nsyff.ca.

Please pre-register so we can make sure we have enough workshop materials printed, by Wednesday March 12th.

Workshop – What Does the Future Hold for Maritime Agriculture?

Join Nova Scotia Young Farmers for this workshop with Cedric MacLeod, from MacLeod Agronomics.

The current trends for the Maritime Agriculture sector are:
– The number of traditional, mixed farms is declining and giving way to larger operations seeking operational efficiencies
– A rise in the number of small land holding operations seeking to market locally, directly, or through value added niche markets
– Increasingly coupled value chain players seeking market access through vertical integrations

Is this the right direction for Maritime agriculture? Who knows. The bigger question for the young farmer community is does it really matter…? 

The food industry will continue to evolve and the door is open to those who wish to take a leadership role in shaping the future of Maritime agriculture. The challenge for Maritime young farmers is to understand how, or if, their current business model will survive in the new evolving reality.

Ask yourself a few questions:

What do I love about farming, and what will get me out of bed every morning for the rest of my days? 

Where do I generate profit, and where will I make money in the future?

What is my true competitive advantage in this evolving marketplace?

Is my business resilient enough to survive in a volatile marketplace? 

Am I equipped to deal with the new regulatory environment?

Now ask yourself where to find the answers. Strategic thinking and planning for the future may seem like an intuitive process, but many young farmers are stuck staring at a blank screen and a blinking cursor when they sit down to develop a long-term strategic plan.

Cedric MacLeod of MacLeod Agronomics Ltd will lead a thought provoking and interactive workshop to help individuals take a hard and honest look inward at their operation, and look into their long-term future. This workshop will leave you ready, willing and wanting for growth and success in your business.

This workshop is Saturday March 1st starting at 10 am, at the Pond Classic Grill. This workshop is free, however, you will be required to pay for lunch of your choice.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

Please contact the NSFA Office at 893-2293 or smackenzie@nsfa-fane.ca by Wednesday Feb 26th

FREE Energy Crops Workshop – Windsor, NS

Are you interested in growing energy on  your farm? There are  opportunities emerging in Nova Scotia for the production  of hay,  speciality grasses (e.g., Miscanthus),  and short rotation  woody crops (e.g., hybrid poplar) for sale to energy  producers. Attend  THINKFARM’s free information session on February  19 to learn more about  whether energy crop production would be a good fit for  your farm.

The information session will take place twice at the Super 8 Motel in Windsor on February 19:

  • 1-4 pm
  • 6-9 pm

To register, please contact Cheryl at  679-6021 or ctheriau@gov.ns.ca

There  is no fee to attend but pre-registration is required for planning purposes.

 

NS Farm Innovation Program

Programs and Business Risk Management is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals with applications for the following Innovation programs for the 2014-15 program year:

1)     Research Acceleration

2)     Farm Innovation

3)     Agri-Products Innovation and Commercialization

All three programs have a deadline for submission of February 28, 2014.  You can find the program guidelines and applications at the following link:

http://novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/financial-funding/growing-forward2/innovation

Please contact Programs and Business Risk Management 893-6510 or 1-866-844-4276 if you have any questions on these initiatives

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

Email: nsyoungfarmers@gmail.com