We are owned by the Province of Nova Scotia and operate as a not-for-profit corporation with an industry-led board of directors. Such a business model means we have the flexibility to provide confidential consulting services. We receive about 50 per cent of our funding from government sources.
No. Our field services works exclusively with farmers and agri-business but our food safety and product development and commercialization teams work with farmers, seafood producers and processors, including pet food companies, etc.
All initial consultations and calls, emails, etc. are free! So, please connect with the best specialist or food scientist that you feel can help, and they can have that discussion with you. It is not black and white and really is based on your needs. Some of our field services are 100 per cent subsidized by the provincial government with most other services competitively priced to ensure value for the investment.
If there is something on our website that can assist you, great. But, we do not offer services to home gardeners. Our focus is on crop and livestock producers selling commercially, whether at the farm market level or through retailers.
We don’t but we encourage all of our clients to have one as a blueprint for their success. Funding is usually available from provincial government programs to support getting this work done with credible consultants.