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  • Truro
  • February 29, 2024
  • Thursday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Sara Marceau
  • 902-678-7722

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Nova Scotia Climate Smart Farming Forum


Thursday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
February 29, 2024


Sara Marceau


Nova Scotia Climate Smart Farming Forum


Thursday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
February 29, 2024


Event Details

February 29, 2024
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Best Western Glengarry, Truro

Session Description

This one-day event will provide insights into current Nova Scotia climate change projections and what this will mean for NS farmers. Participants will delve into discussions about climate change adaptation, regenerative agricultural practices and technologies to enhance resilience, and discover program and funding opportunities to support adoption of climate-smart farming practices in Nova Scotia.

First 30 farmers to register will get 100% rebate at the event!


8:30am Registration & Morning Coffee
9:30am Introductory Remarks
9:40am The role of emerging technologies in supporting a global transition to more sustainable farm systems
Michelle D’Souza
, Research & Innovation Manager – McCain Foods Farm of the Future
10:25am Climate Change Projections for Nova Scotia
Alex Cadel, Climate Services Specialist, CLIMAtlantic, Nova Scotia Environment & Climate Change
10:50am Break
11:00am The challenge of predicting and preparing for weather events that have never happened before
Jim Abraham, Severe weather meteorologist, President of CLIMaction Services, @YHZweatherguy
11:45am Programs Interlude 1: NS Environmental Farm Plan, Perennia Weather Stations Initiative, Efficiency NS
12:00pm Lunch – Interactive feedback wall
What do you produce and what climate issues are of top concern to you?
1:00pm Effective regenerative agriculture for the future-proof farm 
Steve Groff, Farmer, consultant, and author of The Future-Proof Farm: Changing Mindsets in a Changing World
1:45pm Programs interlude 2: On Farm Climate Action Fund, Living Labs, NSDA Resilient Agricultural Landscapes Program
2:00pm Farmers for Climate Solutions: For Farmers, By Farmers
Rosalie Gillis-Madden, FaRM Manager – Farmer Engagement and Learning
2:20pm Break
2:30pm Producer Panel: Climate smart farming in a changing world
Panelists: Brian Newcombe of Cornwallis Farms, Alicia King of Six Maples Farm, Timothy Stirling of Stirling’s Mountainside Farms and Angus Ells, Manager of Carrot Farming of Bragg Lumber Company
3:45pm Programs Interlude 3: NSDA Business Risk Management, NSDA Programs, NSDA Lab Services, NS Climate Adaptation Leadership Program
4:00pm Closing Remarks

Steve Groff

Steve Groff is a regenerative agricultural expert who has been educating farmers, agriculture influencers, and investors around the world how to implement short term regenerative agriculture practices in the context of long-term goals. He has taught all over the U.S and Canada and in a dozen other countries.

Steve is developer of the Tillage Radish which is credited to be a spark plug for the current worldwide cover crop movement.

He published a book “The Future-Proof Farm; Changing Mindsets in a Changing World” that is available at

Steve is a thought leader but what sets him apart is that he is grounded in the realities of modern agriculture in that he manages his 200-acre farm using the regenerative agricultural principles that he teaches.

Alex Cadel

Alex Cadel is the Climate Services Specialist for Nova Scotia, working in a shared role between the provincial Department of Environment & Climate Change and CLIMAtlantic, the climate services hub for Atlantic Canada. Alex’s work involves supporting Nova Scotians in accessing, understanding, and applying information about climate change. Alex holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo.

Jim Abraham

Jim has spent over 45 years involved in weather, water and climate.  He is currently a Fellow and Past President of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society (CMOS President from 2021 to 2023).  He is well known nationally and internationally and is frequently invited as an expert by the media and an invited speaker by a variety of organizations.

His most proud accomplishment was starting the Canadian hurricane forecast and research program, which included lead investigator for several reconnaissance flights into hurricanes threatening Canada…  and he survived.

Jim was awarded the Patterson Medal for Meteorology in 2003 and the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2013.

Michelle Lynn D’Souza, PhD

Michelle Lynn D’Souza is the Research and Innovation Manager for Global Agriculture Sustainability at McCain Foods in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick and a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics in Guelph, Ontario. With expertise in establishing research priorities, leading innovation, and forging strategic partnerships, Michelle drives research and innovation outcomes that enhance sustainability and industry competitiveness at McCain. She has a PhD from the University of Guelph, specializing in molecular ecology and biodiversity conservation with a decade plus of expertise leading and collaborating on international research initiatives that improve the outcomes of communities whose livelihoods are dependent on the ecosystems around them. Her mission is to create a lasting positive impact on the intersection of business and biodiversity.

Rosalie Gillis-Madden

Rosalie Gillis-Madden has been a Certified Crop Adviser since 2010 and a Professional Agrologist with the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists since 2014. She has a B.Sc. from McGill University and a M.Sc. from Dalhousie University where she studied the nitrogen dynamics of novel green manures in Eastern Canada.

She started working in extension with the University of Vermont Extension in 2009, working predominantly with dairy systems and field crops. Joining Perennia Food and Agriculture as Nova Scotia’s Vegetable Specialist in 2015, Rosalie became the On-Farm Climate Action Fund Technical Project Manager in 2022, supporting farmers and agronomists in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador in sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gases through improved nitrogen management, cover cropping, and rotational grazing.

Rosalie joined the Farmers for Climate Solutions team in August 2023, where she strives to support farmers and the agriculture industry in being environmentally and economically sustainable. She is passionate about soil health and supporting informed decision-making to enable the adoption of beneficial management practices that are suitable to each farm and business model.


Registration for this event is now closed.


Sara Marceau
Phone: 902-678-7722

Program Booklet from the Climate Smart Farming Forum

Contains valuable information on climate change programs available for Nova Scotia farmers.