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NSIA Act – Industry Consultation

The Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists has spent far longer than anticipated attempting to Modernize the Agrologist Act in Nova Scotia.  This winter, NSIA received support from Minister Morrow to help move the Act Modernization forward, which we were very grateful to receive.  As most of the work to draft the Act and compile the regulations was done, the Act Committee was tasked with a final review ahead of presentation to NSIA Council.  NSIA Council reviewed the draft Act and Regulations at their March 27, 2024, meeting and passed a motion to approve these drafts, with a few minor changes, and present them to membership for approval.

These drafts were voted on and approved by membership at the Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2024.

The current Agrologist Act dates back to 1989 and includes verbiage that make it difficult for NSIA to adapt to the current needs to the industry.  The Act Modernization includes moving some components of the current Act to legislation that is easier to update, like regulations and by-laws, while still maintaining the objectives that focus on ensuring knowledgeable, proficient agrologists who support public interest.  These changes are intended to bolster the confidence from industry and stakeholders in the Professional Agrologist designation.

This Draft Act and Regulations includes:

  • A comparison of the draft Act versus the current Act along with notes to explain why sections were moved or added.
  • A simple version of the draft Act, which will be easier to read.
  • A simple version of the point form draft Regulations

A couple of important things to note:

  • The intention is the Act will be vague but give the authorities needed to regulate the profession and for the board to operate.  This is the direction most Act revisions have taken of the last while primarily because it cuts down on the red tape required to make changes in the future since changing Regulations or Bylaws is an easier process than updating an Act.
  • The Regulations are still in point form.  Transcribing these into the appropriate legal wording is the support we are working with NSDA to coordinate.  While the wording may change, the intent will remain, and we believe it is clear enough to warrant a membership vote.

The NSIA Act is now open for industry consultation, accepting responses until July 5, 2024. Please click here to submit your response!

If you have any questions, please email or phone (902) 893-7455.

NSIA Honours & Awards

Nominations are open for the 2024 NSIA Awards!

We encourage you to celebrate individuals in the industry and/or farms who are doing great work and making a difference!

Nomination Deadline: March 15th!

The NSIA Awards Reception will be held April 24th at the Inn on Prince, following the Annual Meeting – additional information to follow soon!

2024 Member Award – Nomination Form

2024 Outstanding Farm – Nomination Form

NSIA Semi-Annual Meeting Update

The NSIA Semi-Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for November 14, 2023, from 1:30PM-4:00PM at the Inn on Prince in Truro, is being moved online.

This meeting will now occur via Zoom, and consist of a brief NSIA update from President Ross MacNeil, followed by three graduate student presentations of their research. There will be no business meeting held at this session.

The new schedule of the November 14th meeting is as follows:

1:30PM – Welcome and NSIA Update

1:45PM – Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture Student Presentations:

  • Shreemi Prabhakaran
  • Patrick Hennessy
  • Georgia Lewis

**Additional information on student presentations, such as research titles and bios, will follow in the November 10th member communication.

Please use the below Zoom information to access the presentation.

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UPDATE -Invitation to Consultation Sessions

The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture rescheduled their consultation sessions that were cancelled due to Hurricane Fiona. Before they begin developing programs under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement, they would like to hear from you. On October 24th, 25th and 27th, the department will discuss federal-provincial program supports for agriculture that will begin in 2023.

NSIA Discussed in Local Podcast Episode

Maritime AgCast‘s most recent episode: “NSIA: Professionals in Agriculture” was released November 2, 2021.
Host and P.Ag. Brad McCallum chats with fellow Agrologists, NSIA President Maxine MacLean, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Councilor Caitlin Congdon, Perennia, & member Kamryn Findlay, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, discussing their roles as professionals in the industry and value they see as being NSIA members.
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