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East Coast Ag Has Plenty of Room For More

Country Guide
By: Ralph Pearce
March 31, 2020

The agri-food industry has been losing farmers for decades, yet that doesn’t distract most producers from doing the job they do, in spite of what federal Census of Agriculture numbers indicate. The fact is agriculture continues to drive excellence in quality, in volume and in encouraging investment in infrastructure and technology, even if the number of farms and the total acres farmed have dropped since 1996.

It’s true across the country. No province saw an increase in either category between 1996 and 2016, yet agriculture is one of the country’s most important economic industries, with expansion in the use of farm products and increasing demand in human resources. Processors and manufacturers are finding more ways to use what’s being grown in Can­ada, regardless of declining numbers.

That is particularly true for farming in the Atlantic provinces. Farm acres in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland account for an admittedly small area — a combined 2,397,200 acres (see Table 1 below), according to the 2016 census — but don’t tell producers in the region that their farms don’t make a difference. In terms of self-sufficiency and interest by industry stakeholders, agriculture in the four provinces has never been more important, or more recognized.

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Here at the Sheep Producers Association of Nova Scotia we are following the COVID-19 situation very closely and following all public health recommendations related to meetings and other gatherings.  As of now, we are currently working to sort out cancelling or rescheduling all planned workshops and meetings up until April 3, 2020, where possible we will be holding meetings via electronic means such as conference call or video conference.  We will update you as we determine alternative arrangements for these events.  To help protect yourself and other, please visit  For additional farm specific resources, please visit the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council.

In an effort to continue to provide service to our members and clients we will continue to maintain regular office hours until further notice.  However, we do ask that you only visit the office if required.

If we are required to close the office for public health reasons, we can assure that we have the ability to work remotely and will do our best to maintain our high level of service.

We are working very closely with our related organizations at ACMA as well as the Canadian Sheep Federation to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in the Province, region and nationally.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Producer Transportation Regulations Workshops

Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increasing

Please see the below release issued from the Canadian Sheep Federation February 3, 2020 in relation to the increase of sheep tags.

CSF Release: Canadian Sheep Identification Program Fees Increasing Today

Steve Kenyon Presentation in Truro

Please note: while this presentation is put on by the NSCP, much of the content will also be relatable to sheep and grazing management

Disaster Financial Assistance for Small Businesses: Hurricane Doiron

The Disaster Financial Assistance program is now available for those whose operations were effected by Hurricane Dorian.

This program is meant to help individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations with uninsurable losses, from Hurricane Dorian, to return to pre-disaster conditions.

Full details of the program for small businesses is available at:

Purebred Sheep Breeders’ Association of Nova Scotia AGM

CSF Welcomes Ontario Lamb Producers Caucus as its Newest Member

The Canadian Sheep Federation welcomed its newest member at their December 19, 2019 meeting: the Ontario Lamb Producers Caucus

Additional information can be found here.

Transport regulation grace period extended to all livestock sectors

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented a “transition period” for the feed, water, and rest requirements for all livestock sectors, in addition to the previously announced grace period extended to beef and dairy animals.

CFIA says it will use the first two years of the new regulation period, beginning February 2020, to “focus its enforcement efforts on compliance promotion through education and awareness measures, which are part of the CFIA’s continuum of enforcement actions,”

The amended regulations contain outcome-based requirements to ensure that animals are not likely to suffer (from exhaustion, dehydration, because of adverse weather or other conditions), be injured or die. These regulatory outcomes of Part XII must still be met, CFIA says, and has the discretion to appropriately enforce these outcome-based requirements to prevent and act on situations where animal welfare is compromised.

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SPANS Upcoming Annual Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Sheep Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia (SPANS) will be Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the NSFA Office in East Mountain (7 Atlantic Central Drive).

Registration begins at 9:30am and the cost is $15, including morning refreshments and lunch (lamb chili and chicken soup).

The afternoon component of this meeting will be a Safe Handling course.

To register in advance, please call Ashley at 902-893-7455.

Contact SPANS

7 Atlantic Central Drive
East Mountain, NS B6L 2Z2
Phone: 902-893-7455
Fax: 902-893-7063

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