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NOVA SCOTIA YOUNG FARMERS 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – SATURDAY APRIL 12th

Nutrients for Tomorrow

This years annual meeting will be on Saturday April 12, 2014 at Big Al’s Lounge in Tatamagouche starting at 10am

On the agenda we have Perennia’s Amy Sangster and EFP’s Kathryn Bremner who will present a workshop entitled “ Putting a Price on Soil” . Come find out the importance of soil nutrients and the benefits of Nutrient Management Plans and Environmental Farm Plans on your Homegrown Success applications this year.

This year, we are be looking for a board member. This is a great opportunity for a young farmer or agricultural professional to gain experience, learn about board operation & governance, and have input within a provincial organization.

Join us for a great networking opportunity with other young farmers from across the province, wrapping it up with some farm tours.

Please pre- register by Wednesday April 9, 2014 so arrangements can be made for lunch and the farm tour.

For directions and to register please contact Krista at 893-2293 or info@nsyff.ca

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Mentoring Workshop in Kentville

The Kings County Federation of Agriculture, sponsored by ThinkFarm, will host a Mentoring Workshop to bring together established farmers who are interested in the next generation of farmers and what they can do to help them.

The Workshop will take place on 22nd March at the Kentville Agricultural Centre, Cornwallis Room, from 8:30 to 12 noon. Participation is open to everyone in agriculture and there is no fee.

Established farmers and beginning/transitioning farmers are invited to the Workshop to identify the needs of KCFA’s farming community in order to develop a network of mentors and mentees.

Experienced speakers will provide tips on how to be a good mentor and a good mentee while break-out groups will allow participants to feel comfortable in mentoring situations. The Workshop will begin the process of building a community of experienced farmers willing to serve as mentors in Kings County.

Pre-registration is advised at ctheriau@gov.ns.ca or more information is available by contacting colinbell@eastlink.ca

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

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/

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