Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

June 09, 2005 10:32 ET

AAFC: Canada-Nova Scotia Program Triggers Improvement in Environmental Performance of Farm Producers

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - June 9, 2005) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell and Nova Scotia Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d'Entremont today announced the Canada-Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Stewardship Program, a $5.2-million multi-year initiative to help provincial farmers improve and enhance the environmental performance of their agricultural operations.

Program funds have been made available under the Agricultural Policy Framework - a federal-provincial-territorial agreement to position Canada as the world leader in environmentally responsible agricultural production. The funds will be used to develop and implement environmental farm plans in Nova Scotia.

Under the Canada-Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Stewardship Program, producers in the province can now apply for funds to improve environmental farm practices such as manure handling and farm waste management.

The Government of Canada is investing $2.7 million in the Environmental Farm Stewardship Program in Nova Scotia, with an additional $2.5 million provided by the Government of Nova Scotia through the Farm Investment Fund. Under the agreement, the provincial government will administer the program.

"A clean and healthy environment is critical to the long-term success of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry, " said Minister Mitchell. "Nova Scotia farmers have long been leaders in adopting more environmentally friendly practices. Today's announcement of these new beneficial management practices will help advance their efforts to the benefit of all Nova Scotians."

"Farmers in Nova Scotia are well aware of the importance of the environment and the need for sustainable resource management," said Minister d'Entremont. "This program will help farmers accelerate their efforts in on-farm environmental improvements and enhanced resource management practices."

To be eligible for funding under the Environmental Farm Stewardship Program, producers must have an approved environmental farm plan for their operation, a gross income of $10,000 per year or more, and operate a registered farm under the Nova Scotia Farm Registration Act.

A set of 30 beneficial management practices (BMP) categories, developed in consultation with the industry, are eligible for funding under the program to help guide the sector in reducing environmental risks on the farm.

Applications for this program are now available from the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. http://www.agr.gc.ca/h2o/ For further program information, applicants can contact the Business Risk Management Office toll free at 1-866-844-4276, or visit the web site at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/prm.

Contact Information

  • Minister Mitchell's Office
    Elizabeth Whiting
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059
    or
    Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
    Susan Mader Zinck
    Communications Advisor
    (902) 424-8963
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972
    (866) 345-7972