The federal and Nova Scotia governments have announced funding to help cover some of the extra costs that farmers have borne during the pandemic. Eligible costs include such things as plexiglass dividers, PPE and purchase/rental of additional housing for on-farm workers.
The agreement will result in total of $1,229,375 available to provincial farmers under the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund.
The details are in the eligibility criteria. For instance, farmers must have gross commodity income of at least $30,000 and employ at least five workers.
“It’s a priority to ensure that all Nova Scotia workers can perform their jobs safely during this pandemic,” said provincial agriculture minister Keith Colwell in a news release. “By supporting farm workers, we are also protecting our high-quality food supply and maintaining a strong agriculture sector.”
Applicants are eligible for federal assistance and a provincial top-up, for up to 75 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $50,000.
Farmers can apply for funding until December 31. Link here: https://novascotia.ca/programs/
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Nova Scotia Agriculture ministry October 23, 2020 news release