“Farm Registration by County | Open Data | Nova Scotia.” Data.novascotia.ca, data.novascotia.ca

  1. Kings County leads in Nova Scotia’s farm registrations with 330, thanks to its favorable farming conditions and strong agricultural community.
  2. Colchester and Cumberland counties follow with 237 and 222 farms, underscoring their importance in the province’s agriculture.
  3. Farm numbers vary widely across counties, with Richmond having the least at 10, possibly due to land suitability, economic focus, or population density.

“Farm Registration by Commodity | Open Data | Nova Scotia.” Data.novascotia.ca, data.novascotia.ca

  1. Beef farming dominates the agricultural sector, with 421 registered farms, nearly doubling the next highest commodity and accounting for approximately 22.98% of all registered farms.
  2. Blueberry farming (both Low Bush and High Bush varieties) shows a significant presence with 222 combined registered farms, representing about 12.10 % of the farming industry.
  3. Dairy milk production (9.22%) and forage (8.51%) also represent major segments of the farming community.
  4. Vegetable crop farming accounts for 5.51%, while unique commodities like grapes and honeybees have smaller but significant shares at 2.73% and 2.07%, respectively.
  5. The diversity of the sector is notable, with a range of commodities from livestock to fruits and specialized items like Christmas trees and mink/fox.
  6. The lower end of the spectrum shows limited numbers of farms dedicated to turkeys and dairy replacements, suggesting these may be niche or emerging markets within the province.
  7. The presence of multiple crops and animal products reflects a balanced agricultural environment, with the potential to provide resilience against market or environmental changes.