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This is a partial list of some events/webinars which may be qualifying for PD hours. It is the responsibility of the NSIA member to ensure their qualifications are met yearly. If you have any other resources to share which are missing from this calendar, please email:

FCC Annual Public Meeting
Aug 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:45 pm

FCC and President and CEO Michael Hoffort will share the 2017-18 financial results and focus on the future. Dr. David Gray, Dean of Agriculture at Dalhousie University will also share his passion for agriculture and experience as biologist, researcher, lecturer and academic principal.

This event will be held at the Best Western Truro – Glengarry.

Register Here

Virtual Breakfast Series
Aug 23 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am

MSU Extension. Online meeting series.

*may be more localized information than broad

ACORN Annual General Meeting
Aug 27 all-day


Location: Open Sky Co-op
12 Folkins Dr, Sackville, NB

Seed Farm Field Day
Aug 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm


Location: Edgett’s Landing, Albert Co., NB

Join ACORN and host farmer Angela MacDougall for a farm tour and cob oven lunch.  While walking the fields of Fundy Farms, learn about all aspects of this small-scale, diversified farm, including their veggie, herb, and maple operation. Bee Wise Beekeeping will be on site to speak about bee keeping on-farm, and give special attention to Fundy Farms new-found focus on growing seed crops — how and why they’ve integrated seed saving into their farm plan! Don’t miss this great field day!

Rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, including good shoes to walk the fields.
Costs: $10 / $20 ACORN Non/Member rates (includes a delicious lunch prepared with on-site cob oven)

Please register online.

Farm Succession Planning – The Kitchen Table Discussion
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Agriwebinar is hosting a webinar.

Presenter: Brent Dekoning, Associate for Lorkovic Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities.

Register here.


Options for Marketing Your Grass-fed Beef & Dairy
Aug 29 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The Pasture Project is hosting a webinar.

Presenters include: Rod Ofte of Willow Creek Ranch and Wisconsin Meadows Grass-fed Beef Cooperative, Adam Warthesen of Organic Valley, and Al Hass of Organic Valley.

Register here.

The latest research on bees in the garden: Results from the Oregon State University Garden Ecology Lab
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

extension. Webinar.

Presenter: Dr. Gail Langellotto, research entomologist (OSU Department of Horticulture)

Value Chain Coordination: Bringing People Together
Aug 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

The National Good Food Network is hosting a webinar.

Panelists: Ann Karlen, University of Vermont, Kitchen Table Advisers and former Executive Director, Fair Food Philadelphia Sarah Rocker, Penn State University.

Register here.

#CommunityFood: Innovations in Leadership – Part 2: Shifting Organizational Structures for Equity and Empowerment
Sep 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Food Systems Leadership Network will be hosting part two of the #CommunityFood webinar.

Presenters include: La Semilla Food Center and The Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance.

Register here.

Poultry Diseases That Can be Spread to Humans
Sep 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

extension. Webinar.

Presenter: Dr. Nathaniel Tablante, University of Maryland

All Bugs Good and Bad: Winterizing Your Home to Keep Out Pests
Sep 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

extension. Webinar.

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series.

Presenter: Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

The Biosolids Cycle: The 9th Canadian Biosolids & Residuals Conference
Sep 9 – Sep 12 all-day

World Trade & Convention Centre, Halifax, NS

Register by July 1st for the early-bird discount and free registration raffle entry.


Implementing Soil Health Management Systems in Vegetable Production of the Southeast US and the Tropics
Sep 11 all-day
NSFA Council of Leaders Meeting
Sep 11 all-day

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

Farm Recordkeeping
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Using Knowledge of Cow Eating Behavior to Optimize Nutritional Management
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm

AMTS. Webinar.

Presenter: Dr. Trevor DeVries, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behavior and Welfare in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph

NS Open Farm Day
Sep 16 all-day

Open Farm Day in Nova Scotia.

Ephemeral Gully Erosion: What is it and how do we treat it?
Sep 18 all-day
HACCP I: Prerequisite Programs
Sep 18 all-day

Perennia and NSF Training & Education Services.

173 Bernie MacDonald Drive, Bible Hill
$930.00 + HST
1-902-678-7722 (EXT 222)

Registration deadline: August 31st, 2018

This course covers current best practices for developing, documenting and implementing operational and environmental controls (such as PRPs, Good Manufacturing Practices, cGMPs, etc.) to prevent contamination of food materials. Managers and owners need their personnel to be experts in these methods – your PRPs are the foundation of a comprehensive food safety system.

A HACCP Prerequisite Program is the foundation for a comprehensive food quality system and provides the building blocks for HACCP plan development. In order for your HACCP system to be successful, HACCP prerequisite programs must be developed and implemented. Prerequisite programs are written to control operational and environmental conditions within the facility to ensure the production of safe food.

At the end of the program, you will be able to:
-Identify and categorize hazards
-Identify appropriate controls for hazards
-Write standard operating procedures (SOPs)
-Identify steps to PRP implementation
-Conduct a gap analysis of your current practices to PRP requirements

Who Should Attend?
Facilities managers
Food safety and quality consultants
Food safety personnel
Food service managers and personnel
Global food safety coordinators and managers
HACCP coordinators
HACCP team members
Owners/operators of food businesses
Plant managers and supervisors

Recognized by the International HACCP Alliance

Trainer: Shelly MacDonald, Perennia

Please note all courses are taught by NSF International certified instructors and are offered in partnership with NSF Training & Education Services.

A light lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding the course, contact Helen Arenburg by the phone number or email indicated.

#CommunityFood: Innovations in Leadership – Part 3: Collective Impact through Network and Systems Leadership
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Food Systems Leadership Network will be hosting part 3 of the #CommunityFood webinar.

Presenters include: Farm to Institution New England and the Center for Regional Food Systems.

Register here.

60 Research Drive Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2 (902) 897-NSIA (6742)