agriculture

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

Feeding Soil for Healthy Plants Workshop

Join Perennia specialists Amy Sangster and Av Singh, and  Environmental Farm Planner Kathryn Bremner, for Feeding Soil for Healthy Plants

A three-hour session on  calculating application rates of organic soil amendments to meet crop  demands. The workshop will be held in Antigonish (121 St. Ninian St.) on December 10 and in Sky Glen (1904 Mabour Rd.) on December 12 from 6-9 pm.

Whether you are a conventional or an organic farmer, and whether you farm on a large or small scale, if you apply compost, manure, or other non-chemical amendments to your crops then this workshop is for you!

Participants will choose from examples of commercial organic  amendments, as well as compost and manure test results, to complete  their soils fertility program.

The registration fee is $15+HST; pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

As part of the workshop, participants will receive a hard copy of  Building Soils for Better Crops, edited by Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es, a valuable resource for farms of any type, production method, or  scale.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own soil test reports,  manure test results and compost reports if they are available. For more  information on how to do a soil, manure or compost test, visit: novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/lab-services/analytical-lab

The workshop will also be held in January and February in Nappan, Coldbrook, Bridgewater, and Yarmouth. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as spaces are limited.

For more information visit: www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/business-development/thinkfarm/workshops/feeding-soil/

To register, contact Becky at (902)893-5649 or email sooksord@gov.ns.ca

Exploring the New Farm Dream – NEW DATES & LOCATIONS

Is starting an agricultural business right for me?

Are you interested in starting a small farm business, but unsure  where to begin? 

Then this course is for you!

For career changers  looking for a new start,  farm apprentices considering a start-up, or  those simply interested in a hobby with  profit potential, Exploring the  New Farm Dream is intended to bridge the gap between ideas and action.

By providing information on what is required to start and manage a  profitable agricultural business, this course will help aspiring farmers  decide whether farming is a path they want to pursue.  A facilitator  will guide course participants through four interactive sessions  featuring panel discussions with successful farmers, government and  industry representatives, and other guest speakers.

THINKFARM will be offering this course in 2014 in Bible Hill and Antigonish on Thursday, January 9, 16, 23, and 30. [Note that for Bible Hill this is a postponement of the course advertised for November 2013.]

The course will also be offered in Kentville on Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18 and 25.

For more information, or to download the registration form, please visit: www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/business-development/thinkfarm/workshops/new-farm-dream/

Harvesting Out Potential

Get ready to dig in to our semi-annual meeting being held Friday November 29th, 2013, in Truro, at the Best Western Glengarry.

Are you a young farmer who is just trying to make it work? Wondering how other young professionals deal with the books? Maybe how they made their farm succession run so smoothly… or how they work on their farm and keep their off-farm job?

This event will focus on how young people are really making it work on their farm, from real young farmers themselves. With our panel of young entrepreneurs we’ll share their experiences, their challenges and their successes.

Also, we are looking for a board member for NSYFF. Think you might be interested? Let us know, and we’ll fill you in on what to expect. We are always looking for youth ag-leaders for various roles, so if you are interested, or has some great ideas, let’s work together in making things happen!

Once again, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is collaborating with us for this event and Shur-Gain is sponsoring part of our networking session.

We hope to see you there!

NSYFF Semi 2013

 

Harvesting Our Potential – Friday, November 29th – SAVE THE DATE!

Nova Scotia Young Farmers will be holding it’s semi-annual meeting on Friday November 29th,2013 in Truro.

More details to come soon!

 

Genomics 101 – A Breeders’ Perspecitve Workshop

Holstein Canada, the Nova Scotia/Newfoundland Holstein Association, Valacta, the Nova Scotia Animal Breeders and Perennia are hosting “Genomics 101 – A Breeders’ Perspective” Workshop in three locations in November.

Just click this link for a copy of the agenda and the event flyer:  http://www.perennia.ca/PDFs/Genomics%20101%20Agenda.pdf

November 19, 2013
The Claymore Inn
137 Church Street, Antigonish NS
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM – lunch provided

November 20, 2013
Old Orchard Inn
153 Greenwich Rd, Wolfville NS
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM – lunch provided

November 21, 2013
Best Western Glengarry
150 Willow Street, Truro NS
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM – lunch provided

Register with Gail at (902) 678-7722 or 1-877-710-5210 (toll-free)

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