Nova Scotia Department
Looking for expert advice for your farm? Our team of professionals is available to assist you. Our services are available to anyone in Nova Scotia who is farming or thinking of starting a farm. Call us today or visit the department on the web.
Staff teams within each regional office provide dynamic and effective service delivery.
- Provide extension services aimed at supporting industry competitiveness;
- Promote the link between local agriculture and social well- being;
- Coordinate educational events for clients to explore opportunities in the industry;
- Offer a strengthened approach to service delivery across the value chain;
- Develop leadership capacity in youth and adults; and
- Work cooperatively with agricultural organizations, municipal governments, non-profit groups, and other government agencies to meet the Department’s mandate in the regions.
Team clusters are found in five regions across the province: Western, Valley, Central, Eastern, and Cape Breton. These teams are comprised of an Agricultural Resource Coordinator (field service), Agriculture Transition Officer (special projects), Agriculture Leadership Coordinator (youth and volunteer leadership development), Business Development Officer (agriculture opportunities), and administrative support staff.
Nova Scotia Department of Environment
Nova Scotia Environment focuses on climate change, protecting our environment and advancing our ambitious environmental goals.
Responsible Regulation of the Fur Industry
Government listened to the concerns raised by communities about mink farming and developed regulations under the Fur Industry Act to balance protection of the environment with support for growing this important industry for rural Nova Scotia. More information
Guide to Surface Water Withdrawal Approvals
Water withdrawals of more than 23,000 litres per day for a period of more than two weeks require an approval. We’ve updated the guide that explains the process. More information
Inspection, Compliance and Enforcement
As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments came together under Nova Scotia Environment. More information
In Nova Scotia pesticides are regulated by the federal, provincial and in some cases municipal governments. More information
Looking for a place to start? THINKFARM.ca provides introductory level resources for starting a farm in Nova Scotia. The website has information on defining your farm vision, business planning and regulations which apply to new farm businesses. It is a good starting point before accessing advisory services from the Department of Agriculture and Perennia Field Services staff.
The THINKFARM Facebook page and electronic mailing list provide information about training workshops and events of interest to new and aspiring farmers in the province.