Agricultural Land Policy Consultations – Now Open!

Agricultural Land Policy Consultations – Now Open!

See the original invitation on the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Website here. 

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries is seeking public input in the development of an agricultural land policy.

Agriculture is an essential and historical part of New Brunswick’s rural economy, generating in excess of $570 million in farmgate sales, and over $1 billion of processed agri-food products. Together, farmers and processors provide 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

Farmland is an essential resource in agriculture. A clear agricultural land policy will help protect farmers from encroachment while retaining valuable farmland for new entrants and farmers who wish to expand. It will help them to know where they can invest and grow their business.


Read the Discussion paper here that outlines some of the main issues to be considered:

  • Identifying the importance of agriculture to New Brunswick and especially to rural areas.
  • Reducing or eliminating encroachment on agricultural operations. Without guidelines or
    regulations, non- farming activities are often set up adjacent to farming operations resulting in
    complaints about noise and odors.
  • While new livestock agricultural operations have set back distances they must adhere to
    when developing farms, non-agricultural development does not have similar setback
    distances when building adjacent to a livestock operation. Reciprocity of guidelines/
    requirements should be considered.
  • Establishing a list of activities that are compatible with agriculture.
  • Encouraging development of non-compatible activities to areas least suitable for agriculture.
  • Preserving topsoil.


DAAF welcomes your input on the development of this policy. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015. Comments and inquiries can be submitted in the following ways:

Open House Sessions:

You can visit an upcoming open house session in your area to meet with departmental officials and provide your input on the development of the policy.

November 9, 2-6pm, DAAF Regional Office, 824 Route 108, Saint-Andre
November 10, 2-6pm, DAAF Regional Office, 1425 King Avenue, Bathurst
November 12, 2-6pm, DAAF Regional Office, 381 Killam Drive, Moncton
November 18, 2-6pm, Fredericton Inn, 1315 Regent Street, Fredericton
November 24, 2-6pm, DAAF Regional Office, 701 Main Street, Sussex
November 26, 2-6pm, Potato Development Centre, 39 Barker Lane, Wicklow

By e-mail:

Please use “Agricultural Land Policy” in the subject line.

By mail:

Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 5H1

By phone:

(506) 453-2666 or 1-888-622-4742

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015.

Privacy notice:

The provincial government will consider your submissions as part of its public consultation process. Your submission may be made public as part of reports developed in the review. Your personal information, such as your name and address, will NOT be released.



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