Regional Services

The Department of Agriculture has 6 offices located in 2 regions (Eastern and Western) across the province to provide services to farmers. Visit one of our regional offices to:

  • discuss your new farm or food business venture or plans to develop your existing business
  • learn more about support available to farm and food businesses in Nova Scotia, including production advice, training, and programs available to farmers
  • ask questions about regulations that may apply to your farm or food business
  • receive farm or food business coaching
  • find out about leadership development opportunities available to youth and rural organizations
  • learn about resources available to support farmers who volunteer to speak about agriculture to school and community groups
  • pick up or drop off Department of Agriculture program application forms
  • borrow a soil augur to take soil samples on your farm and then drop off soil or water samples for shipment to the analytical lab in Bible Hill

To contact us, call 1-800-279-0825 or the office location nearest you.

Regional Services and Sector Development and Innovation Offices

Department of Agriculture, Harlow Building, PO Box 890, 176 College Road, Bible Hill, NS, B2N 5G6

Rachael Cheverie – Director, Regional Services


Cell: 902-324-2178

Julie Bailey – Manager, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change

Phone: 902-896-4473

Cell: 902-956-1734

Rebecca Sooksom – Manager, Regional Programming


Cell: 902-956-4665

Sarah Turner – Manager, Regional Extension


Cell: 902-324-0776

Paula Putnam – Manager, Innovation


Cell: 902-324-2348

Danny Small – Manager, Sector Development


Cell: 902-956-4463

Eastern Region

Halifax, East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland, Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, Richmond, Inverness, Victoria and Cape Breton Counties


Bible Hill – Harlow Building Office

Department of Agriculture, Harlow Building, PO Box 890, 176 College Road, Bible Hill, NS, B2N 5G6

Marie Williams – Administrative Assistant

Phone: 902-893-6575

Fax: 902-893-2757

Hema Chopra – Senior Diversity Programming Specialist

Phone: 902-893-3645

Cell: 902-574-2769

Dawn Barrington-Hodgson – Provincial Agricultural Programming Coordinator

Phone: 902-893-7495

Cell: 902-956-9433

Jacqueline Hoyt – Provincial Agricultural Programming Coordinator

Phone: 902-893-5649

Cell: 902-897-8715

John McCabe – Resource Management Officer

Phone: 902-893-7514

Darlene McCallum – Business Opportunity Strategist

Phone: 902-896-2207

Cell: 902-890-0493

Elizabeth Morgan – Business Resource Specialist


Cell: 902-890-6885

Daniel Muir – Agriculture Representative 

Phone: 902-893-6586

Cell: 902-890-1787

Moussa Sangaré-Ponce – Provincial Agriculture Diversity Programming Specialist


Cell: 902-324-9615

Ronald Young – Business Development Program Analyst


Cell: 902-698-1545



Antigonish Office

Department of Agriculture, 190 Beech Hill Road, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 0B4

Victoria Simpson – Administrative Assistant

Phone: 902-863-4705

Fax: 902-863-7342

Rhonda MacDougall – Agriculture Representative

Phone: 902-863-7501

Cell: 902-631-2264

Ross MacNeil – Business Development Officer


Cell: 902-521-5409

Adam Wile – Knowledge and Technology Transfer Coordinator

Phone: 902-863-7500

Cell: 902-870-9428



Sydney Office

Department of Agriculture

Kim Kelly – Administrative Assistant

Phone: 902-563-2000

Fax: 902-563-3435

Marina Gillis – Agriculture Representative

Phone: 902-563-2001

Cell: 902-578-0786

Jeff Hennessey – Business Development Officer

Phone: 902-563-2418

Cell: 902-574-2032

Gary Koziel – Senior Agriculture Representative

Phone: 902-563-2003

Cell: 902-565-8132


Western Region

West Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby and Annapolis Counties


Kentville Office

Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Centre, 32 Main Street, Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 1J5

Nicole Jamieson – Administrative Assistant

Phone: 902-679-6021

Fax: 902-670-6062

Rachel Brighton – Business Development Officer


Cell: 902-247-4350

Colin Hirtle – Agriculture Representative


Cell: 902-599-0619

Brian MacCulloch – Knowledge and Technology Transfer Coordinator


Cell: 902-679-9219

Jeff Wentzell – Senior Agriculture Representative


Cell: 902-824-0924



Lunenburg Office

Department of Agriculture, PO Box 6000, 312 Green Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0L 2C0

Donald Cluney – Agriculture Representative

Phone: 902-634-7575

Cell: 902-890-6322



Cornwallis Office

Department of Agriculture, 173 Haida Street, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, B0S 1H0

Gina Saulnier – Administrative Assistant

Phone: 902-638-2395

Fax: 902-638-2389

Kevin Morin – Agriculture Representative


Cell: 902-223-8085

Nicole Burkhard – Business Development Officer


Cell: 902-532-8775