Federation of Agriculture seeking stewardship award nominations

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Award is a $2,000 cash prize for activities that enhance stewardship

The Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Stewardship Award nomination period has begun. The award is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

The Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Stewardship Award nomination period has begun. The award is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

TRURO – The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is celebrating Earth Day by opening the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Stewardship award for nominations.

This award recognizes the contributions Nova Scotia farmers make towards protecting the environment and making the province a better place.

This is the sixth year for the award. In 2013, the award was presented to Wild Rose Farm, Digby County. The award is a $2,000 cash prize for activities that further enhance stewardship efforts plus a painting of the farm by a local artist.

"The Environmental Farm Stewardship Award is an excellent way to demonstrate the commitment of Nova Scotia farmers to the environment," said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. "Farmers in this province understand that smart business planning includes both environmental and economic benefits."

Dennis Boudreau, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture said, "We are looking for farms that show outstanding environmental stewardship efforts. It is so important that we recognize the hard work and dedication Nova Scotia farmers put into protecting our environmental resources."

To be nominated, the farm must have a completed Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) and be a member of the NSFA.

In Nova Scotia, the EFP process involves an environmental co-ordinator visiting the farm and working with the farmer to analyze their operations and provide recommendations about activities that will reduce their environmental impact.

To date, more than 1,700 farms have a completed EFP in Nova Scotia and over 700 have developed at least one follow-up plan.

The Environmental Farm Plan Program is supported under Growing Forward 2, a five-year agricultural agreement between the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia.

For more information about the Environmental Stewardship Award and the nomination process, please go to www.nsfa-fane.ca/efp

Organizations: Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Stewardship

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Digby County, Canada

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