Nova Scotia recognize that agriculture relies on healthy soil,
water, and biodiversity profiles for its long term sustainable
productivity. They also value the important role the industry
plays in sustaining and replenishing our natural environment.
A number of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) have been
identified for support with four major themes: water, soil,
product and waste management, and energy conservation.
This theme and associated programs assist farmers to
mitigate on-farm environmental risk identified in their
individual Environmental Farm Plans and advance environmental
farm stewardship in Nova Scotia.
BMP 1 - 35 is specific to registered Farms. BMP
36 and 37 is open to registered farms and agri-businesses.
For projects in BMP 1-35, applicants require an Environmental
Farm Plan (EFP) and the project must be identified in
Appendix B: ACTION PLAN of the EFP document.
FEDERAL FUNDING CAPS
The Growing Forward (2009-2013) federal funding available
for all BMP projects has an overall maximum of $50,000
per applicant over the life of the agreement. As part
of this cap, eligible projects in BMP 31 and BMP 32 together
cannot exceed $15,000 per applicant over the life of the
agreement. Other caps that apply to specific projects
or BMP categories are listed under each BMP.
CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ACT (CEAA)
• In order for a producer to be eligible for federal
funding, the producer must comply with all conditions
outlined in the CEAA Construction Guidelines that are
specific for each Beneficial Management Practice. These
guidelines will be attached to the approved Letter of
Agreement from the PBRM office.
• A site visit is required for all physical projects
prior to release of payment.
• The applicant must incorporate all mitigation
measures outlined in the CEAA Construction Guidelines
as per the Letter of Agreement and provide copies of any
necessary permits/approvals received.
Note: The program is not intended to
fund capital purchases. The intent is to provide support,
where applicable, primarily through equipment modification,
although a producer may alternatively claim the value
of eligible components when purchasing an entire equipment
unit. A separate invoice identifying the specific costs
of the eligible components is required. All funding is
on a cost-shared basis.
For livestock producers, assistance to improve environmental
practices is based on existing animal units at the time
How to contact us:
Programs and Business Risk Management Division
Development Programs - Home Grown Success Program
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
60 Research Drive Suite A, Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2
Tel: (902) 893-6510 Toll-free: 1-866-844-4276
Fax: (902) 893-7579
and Business Risk Management Webmaster