The Assurance Systems initiatives will support critical programs to facilitate early adoption of food safety systems, national traceability systems and national biosecurity systems. This theme will focus on outcomes that enhance the safety and security of Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s food safety systems. It will also recognize the need to minimize the occurrence and extent of risk incidents with programs that enable the sector to be proactive in managing risk.
* Refer to Homegrown Success Program (HGS) guidelines
The Food Safety Outreach Program promotes the adoption of food safety systems by industry (including non-registered facilities) and is designed to educate stakeholders on food safety systems within the province. In addition, it will provide tools and information to stakeholders on food safety systems. The program will provide outreach and training for:
The Food Safety Outreach initiative has provided many opportunities to date. For a complete listing contact the coordinator listed below.
For more information contact Janice Gammie at 902-483-3328 or email@example.com
This initiative supports the implementation, enhancement and evaluation of biosecurity systems. Priority will be given to applications for activities that respond to national commodity biosecurity standards and market-based systems and requirements. Funding will be used to implement or enhance on-farm biosecurity systems, and to conduct projects that will test, evaluate or demonstrate the implementation of national and market-based biosecurity systems.
For more information contact Dawn Miller at 902-890-3377 or Dawn.Miller2@novascotia.ca
THINKFARM support initiatives that attract new entrepreneurs to agriculture and food related ventures, nurtures their entrepreneurial capacity, and accelerates their competitive position in the marketplace. THINKFARM also assists existing farmers in the transition to a new farm or agri-business enterprise. THINKFARM facilitates access to information, programs, services and regulations that apply to farm businesses; puts farmers in touch with expertise both within and outside of the Department of Agriculture; and conducts and supports outreach and training activities to improve the knowledge and skills of beginning and transitioning farmers.
For more information contact Laura Boudreau at 902-893-5649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Agricultural Awareness projects under Growing Forward 2 enhancing the public image of modern agriculture in Nova Scotia. A secondary objective is to promote agricultural career options to youth and adults.
Agricultural awareness builds a greater understanding and appreciation for agriculture in the province and raises the profile of agriculture research, education and career opportunities. Higher interest in agricultural careers helps build capacity in the agricultural sector for a sustainable industry.
Agricultural Awareness programming focusses on training for teachers and other educators to build capacity for promoting, teaching and studying agriculture; the development of new online resources for agricultural education; and support for educational programs at agricultural events.
For more information contact Judy Grant at 902-893-6598 or Judy.Grant@novascotia.ca