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  1. Antigonish County Agriculture SnapshotApril 8Adam WileAgricultural Transition Officer1-902-863-2087

  2. Contact info • Adam Wile • 1-902-863-2087 • wilean@gov.ns.ca • I act as an industry liaison and project coordinator with groups looking to support or grow agriculture or agricultural opportunities in the province.

  3. Antigonish County

  4. Antigonish County

  5. Antigonish County • Land in Crops: 19,214 acres • Area Owned: 59,398 acres • Crops: • Alfalfa: 5,921 acres • Hay: 9,627 acres • Blueberries: 2,088 acres • Livestock • Beef: 1,596 • Dairy: 2,527 • Sheep and Lambs: 1,085

  6. Antigonish County • Total gross farm receipts 2010 • $26,119,156 • Total farm business operating expenses • $21,011,447 • Number of employees: 513 • Total number of farm operators: 290

  7. Antigonish County • Farmer/operator age • Under 35: 20 • 35-54: 120 • 55 and older: 160 • Average age: 54.3

  8. Observed Trends • Increase in women operators • Increase in small acreage farms • Increase in value added primary products • Increase in # farmers markets • Increased local food movement

  9. Observed Trends • Decrease in beef farming • Decrease in Hog farming • Margins are becoming smaller • Aging farming population • Climate Change

  10. Provincial Government Initiatives • Grass Fed Beef • Biomass initiative • Select Nova Scotia • THINKfarm • Farm Energy • Many regional initiatives and projects

  11. Regional Staff • Eastern: • Adam Wile • Kevin Bekkers • Cape Breton: • Adam Wile • Gary Koziel • Central: • Michael Kittilsen

  12. THINKfarm • http://www.gov.ns.ca/agri/thinkfarm/

  13. Discussion