Become a Member of the NSFA

Our mission is to influence and affect change for the continual success of agriculture in Nova Scotia.

Our vision is a prosperous and sustainable future for Nova Scotia farms and farmers.

We review all legislative and regulatory issues that impact the competitiveness and sustainability of the agricultural sector. We also lobby to the government for changes to existing legislation, regulation, and policy.

There are three membership categories of the NSFA: Registered Farms, Non-Registered Farms, and Friends of the NSFA. 

To become a member of the NSFA, you’ll need to “Check the Box” on Section 6 of your farm registration form – there is no additional cost above your farm registration fee. If you haven’t received a farm registration form or you didn’t “Check the Box” when you submitted it – it’s not too late – contact the Farm Registrar’s Office at (902)893-6377.

If you fall under the category of Non-Registered Farm, contact the NSFA office at 902-893-2293 to speak with someone about your membership.

Benefits of Being a Member

A Trusted Voice

The NSFA has been the voice of Nova Scotia farmers since 1895. Representing the interests of over 90% of all agricultural production across the province.

Accountable Representation

NSFA Council members are elected directly from NSFA membership at the Annual General Meeting. The NSFA works closely with County Federations and commodity organizations – hosting county & commodity presidents roundtables, commodity manager meetings and participating in their events whenever possible.

Strong Committees

The NSFA is home to a number of committees that help influence and guide the work of the Federation. Our two newest committees include: Policy Advisory and Risk Management. Committee membership consists of Council members, members-at-large and various stakeholders.

Effective Lobbying

As the only general farm organization in the province, the results of NSFA’s lobbying and advocacy efforts are a serious benefit to our members as well as the agriculture industry in the province. Results of NSFA lobbying and advocacy include farm plates, fuel tax rebates, government funding programs, labour advocacy in relation to Temporary Foreign Workers, changes to the Municipal Planning Act and TIR Regulations.

Dedicated Staff

The NSFA is home to a team of dedicated individuals who are passionate about the agriculture industry in Nova Scotia. This team works to tackle issues and challenges facing the industry and offer programs and other supports to the farming community.

Supporting Nova Scotia Young Farmers

The NSFA is a proud supporter of the Nova Scotia Young Farmers Forum. NSYF receives direct support from the Federation for governance, finance, communication, event logistics and more! We are happy to support the industry’s future leaders.

Delivery of industry led programs

NSFA is home to a variety of programs including Farm Safety Nova Scotia, AgSector Program, Environmental Farm Plan Program and Meet Your Farmer. These programs support farms in accessing the tools and resources they need to operate safe and sustainable farm businesses.

Member Benefits

NSFA Member Benefit partners offer significant savings to our members. Some of these benefits include: health insurance, fleet pricing on vehicles, retail discounts, preferred rates on fuel and propane – and that’s just a few!

Learn more about being a member of the NSFA here.

There is also a way to be a “Friend of the NSFA” without being a member. This program is targeted at those who are no longer able to register a farm but want to stay connected with the work NSFA is doing on behalf of industry, or those who are no longer actively farming and want to stay in the loop.

As our friend you would receive:

  • A membership card
  • Each edition of the News & Views for the membership year
  • Access to training opportunities and discounts through NSFA programs
  • Access to select member benefits

Our “Friends of the NSFA” program is a yearly $75 membership.

To become a Friend of the NSFA, fill out the form online here.

Coming in 2022, there is will now be a Non-Registered Members category of the NSFA. This category is for farms that do not wish to register their farm, but still want to be voting members of the NSFA. More information on how to become a Non-Registered Member to come.

For more information, call or email the NSFA at:
Phone Number: (902) 893-2293
Email: [email protected]

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.