Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Production Innovation 101 Workshop

Do you have a great new agri-food or seafood product idea burning a hole in your pocket, but you don’t know what to do with it next?   Or maybe you’re still searching to find inspiration and want to learn more about what is possible in the world of value added food products? 

Join Perennia Innovation Centre’s Chief Science Officer Eric Albert and Food Scientist

Emmanuel Anom along with business consultant Gary Morton to learn where to start and what to consider in developing a value-added product.
June 27th in  Bridgewater
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
135 North Park St, Bridgewater NS  B4V 9B3
lunch provided
Topics to be covered:
  • The hottest topics trending in food around the world
  • A look at the new product development process and the value chain; idea to market launch
  • Mistakes new product developer’s make and how not to make them
  • Case studies of farm businesses developing new products
  • Brainstorming/discussion: what do you need to help move your products, ideas and innovations forward?  What are your biggest challenges and limitations holding you back?

If you would like to attend please RSVP Gail at Perennia at (902) 678-7722, EXT 221 or by June 23rd.  There is no fee but we would like for you to register so we know we have a big enough room and enough food!

Monday, August 31, 2015

On-Farm Composting Course, Truro, NS - Sept 22 and 23

Extended Learning at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus is offering a composting course for agricultural producers who are looking for waste management techniques for their operations. This course meets the requirements for the Nova Scotia Fur Industry Act and Fur Industry Regulations.

Through a combination of speaker-led sessions and hands-on activities, this practical training course will enable participants to safely manage waste on the farm. The course has been designed to showcase best practices in waste management (deadstock or other organic waste).
This 2 day course will enable participants to:
  • Recognize the basic biological processes involved in making compost.
  • Enhance their skills to select feed stocks and develop successful recipes.
  • Establish key monitoring strategies for successful stabilization of raw materials into compost.
  • Successfully determine the best use for the final product on-farm.
  • Use best practice methods and follow industry regulations.

Check out the details at

Monday, September 29, 2014

Factsheets on Selection of Mink Tolerant to AD

A few more articles from Dr. Hossain Farid, Department of Plant and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University have been added to the Mink Blog!

Dr. Farid has written three more factsheets, all related to the selection of mink tolerant to the Aleutian Disease virus. Links to these factsheets are below:

Selection of Mink Tolerant to Aleutian Disease - Can You Accelerate the Process of Achieving a Tolerant Herd?

Selection of Mink Tolerant to the Aleutian Disease Virus - What methods are Available and Which is Best?

In Search of DNA Markers for Mink Tolerant to Aleutian Disease: A Preliminary Report.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Animal Welfare in Practice" Conference - Mink Farming

The 10th annual "Animal Welfare in Practice" conference is coming up on October 3rd and 4th, 2014, and is focusing on Mink Farming. It is being held in Charlottetown, PEI at the Atlantic Veterinary College. 

This conference will be of interest to veterinary and animal science students, mink farmers, veterinarians, and government and industry representatives. Presentations will cover topics such as the new Code of Practice, health and diseases, cage enrichments, veterinarian perspectives, and more!

Check out the details and conference program/speakers at:


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On-Farm Composting Course this September!

Photo courtesy of Extended Learning, Fac of Agr, Dalhousie University
Extended Learning at the The Faculty of Agriculture of Dalhousie University is holding an On-Farm Composting course in Truro this September!

The course has been designed to showcase best practices in waste management (deadstock or other organic waste), and meets the requirements of the Nova Scotia Fur Industry Act and Fur Industry regulations.

It is being held on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18 at Perennia Park in Bible Hill.

Check out the details at