Resource Stewardship is a division of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries whose mission statement encourages the best available management of agricultural resources to ensure sustainable and sound environmental farm practices for the betterment of Nova Scotians.
The Resource Stewardship division includes the following sections:
- Regional Services - Agricultural Resource Coordinators
The Regional Services section consists of five Agricultural Resource Coordinators (ARC's), and five support staff, situated in offices throughout the province. This group represents the primary front-line staff on the agricultural side of the Department. They work closely with agricultural organizations, municipal governments, regional development authorities, non-profit groups, and other government agencies to meet the Departments mandate in the regions.
- Environmental Management
The Environmental Management section consists
of an Agricultural Engineer, a Resource Management
Specialist, and an Environmental Technician. The
group has a close working relationship with the
Engineering Department, Nova Scotia Agricultural
Engineering Centre (BEEC), with which the
group jointly supervises/supports graduate students
that conduct research in agri-environmental issues.
The section conducts needed research and technology
adaptation initiatives that support a sustainable
economic atmosphere for rural people. It also
has a close working relationship with the Nova
Scotia Federation of Agriculture and provides
significant resources in support of the Environmental
Farm Plan Program.
- Pest Management, Regulation & Environmental Coordination
This section consists of a Chief Inspector, Weed
Control Act, a Pest Management , Environment &
Regulatory Coordinator, and a Bee Health, Advisor/Inspector. This group adapts and develops regulatory
programs and related methods to prevent or minimize
introduction and spread of designated diseases and
pests of concern to agriculture; delivers enforcement
of related regulations; and conducts regular assessments
to determine risk invasion of agricultural pests.
- Land Protection
Land Protection Section has the responsibilities
to carry out maintenance work on system of tidal
dykes in Nova Scotia. This Section also provides
advice to dyke landowners on improving drainage
systems on the dykeland. Maintenance work is also
carried out on ten flood control dams in Musquodoboit
- 4-H & Rural Organizations
The 4-H and Rural Organizations Section consists of a Provincial Agricultural Awareness and Education Coordinator, a Provincial Senior 4-H Program Coordinator, a Communications and Resource Coordinator, 6 Regional 4-H Specialist positions, and support staff located strategically across the Province.This Section provides youth and volunteer leadership and educational awareness about the Nova Scotia Agricultural Industry.The Section provides leadership and resources in support of rural organizations including: the Nova Scotia 4-H Council; the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee; the Nova Scotia Farm Health and Safety Committee; the Women’s Institute of Nova Scotia; and the Nova Scotia Young Farmers Forum.
Contact Resource Stewardship staff