Agriculture has a long history in the province and is a priority for the government. More land is being made available for new farms, so this is an exciting time for agriculture in the province. Currently agriculture is a $500 million industry, employing 6,500 people during the peak season. The most established producers are dairy, poultry, livestock, egg, vegetable, and cranberry. There are emerging opportunities in fur, wine grapes, corn, soybean, and grain. There are many supports to assist new farmers with assessing the opportunity, making a plan, and beginning operations.
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Growing Forward 2 will provide $37 million to the agriculture and agri-foods industry through government investment into three priority areas to advance and strengthen the sector: Innovation, Competitiveness and Market Development, and Adaptability and Industry Capacity.
Crown Land Lease
Agriculture leases and licences are available where no land use conflicts exist, and provided the Municipal Council gives written approval for land within municipal and planning area boundaries. Agricultural leases are issued for a term of fifty (50) years and must be approved by the Agrifoods Development Branch of the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.
Business Investment Fund
Offered by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating within the province to increase their productivity and improve their competitiveness.
Specializing in professional extension support to producers in the primary and secondary agricultural sectors, this program provides consultative and advisory support and delivers information on agriculture development programs offered through the Agriculture and Lands Branch of the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources. Trained Agrologists are engaged in a variety of agricultural sectors that support crop and livestock development.
AgriInsurance is designed as a management tool to provide producers with some measure of income protection against uncontrollable natural perils. The Newfoundland and Labrador Crop Insurance Agency offers crop-specific insurance coverage. Coverage offered to producers is available under two scenarios: the first is based on the producer’s pre-harvest cost of production, and the second is based on 70% of the five-year average market price for the crop.
Regional Farm Management Specialists provide a variety of business management services and advice to the farming community, including business planning, financial management, and labour management.
Provincial Agriculture Research and Development Program
Agriculture research is vital to ensuring a successful and sustainable industry, now and in the future. Provincial scientists are conducting applied research throughout the province that is substantially contributing to the diversification and growth of the agricultural industry. Through this research, significant advancements in livestock feed self-sufficiency, introduction of new crop varieties and livestock, and crop management practices have improved profitability, sustainability, and competitiveness of the Newfoundland and Labrador agricultural industry. By realizing the opportunities that exist, we will enhance the availability of nutritious and safe, local food for the people of the province.