About the Agency
The Forestry and Agrifoods Agency (the Agency) is responsible for supporting the advancement and development of the province's forestry and
agriculture sectors. The Agency has staff located in offices throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to assist our stakeholders. Our focus is
to work with the stakeholders of the Forestry and Agrifoods sectors to achieve sustainable economic growth for the benefit of the people of
Newfoundland and Labrador. To service the public, the Agency has offices situated throughout the province.
The headquarters for the Agency is in Corner Brook.
The mandate of the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency includes the supervision, control and direction of all matters relating to:
- forest resources and utilization (control and direction of cutting, classifying, measuring, manufacturing and inspection of trees and timber products), constructing and maintaining forest access roads, forest protection from fire and insects, silviculture, inventory, conservation, management, preparation of management plans, analysis, mapping and developing of forest resources;
- enforcement and compliance responsibility in the areas of forestry and assisting in enforcement in the areas of motorized snow vehicle and all-terrain vehicle usage;
- agriculture, including, without limitation of the word "agriculture," agrifoods, agronomy, horticulture, animal husbandry, aviculture, the development of forage production and the growing of hay and the products of agriculture, including, without limitation of the word "products," animals, meats, fur, eggs, poultry, wool, dairy products, berries, grains, seeds, fruit, including wild fruit, fruit products, vegetables and vegetable products;
- animal health;
- food technology and marketing; and
- agricultural land and the sustainable utilization, protection, conservation, management, surveying, mapping and development of agricultural land.
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The Agency is responsible for supporting and achieving outcomes with respect to the development in the forestry and agriculture sectors. The Forestry and Agrifoods Agency has two separate and distinct branches;
- The Forestry Services Branch is responsible for the stewardship of the province's forest environments for the benefit of our citizens. The Forestry Services Branch administers 32 offices throughout the province responsible for forest productivity, diversity, silviculture, protection, harvesting, and enforcement and,
- The Agrifoods Development Branch is responsible for promoting the continued development and diversification of competitive and sustainable agriculture and agrifoods businesses.
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Lines of Business
Working closely with key stakeholders, the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency develops policy and programs, and provides support functions to the forestry and agriculture sectors. Programs and services are specifically directed to promoting and facilitating well-planned, sustainable growth and development and associated economic and employment opportunities. The Agency has eight main program and service areas, described below.
- Sustainable Forest Management - The Agency works to ensure a balance between environmental, economic and social values, while having forest ecosystems that provide viable populations of native species, a sustainable forest economy and associated employment. Through the Agency's headquarters in Corner Brook, and offices in St. John's, the Agency is responsible for policy, legislation, programs and forest management planning that enable the citizens of the province to benefit from the services that forest ecosystems provide while ensuring their sustainability and health. The Agency's forest programs include silviculture, resource roads construction, forest inventory, forest fire suppression, forest insect control, forest management planning, enforcement/compliance, wood measurement and timber royalty, and industry development. Furthermore, the Centre of Forest Science and Innovation is responsible for the development of forest-related research programs and science capacity in the province consistent with themes of the Provincial Sustainable Forest Management Strategy and other guiding documents. Research themes under the ecological direction of the Provincial Forest Research Strategy include forest disturbance, climate change, ecosystem dynamics, biodiversity and water. Economic themes are grouped under innovation, industry and markets while social themes include forest-based communities, aboriginal participation and forest values.
- Regional Services - The policy and programs associated with sustainable forest management, health and services are implemented through a regional/district structure. Regional Services is responsible for the delivery of the silviculture, resource roads, forest fire suppression, and enforcement/compliance programs. In addition, Regional Services is responsible for public awareness programs (presentations to schools, service clubs, etc,) addressing public concerns on other forest resource management issues and the development of district sustainable forest management plans.
- Enforcement and Compliance of Legislated Requirements - The Agency's responsibility for enforcement as a tool in forestry management is delivered through the Regional Services structure. In this capacity over 100 Conservation Officers are located at various regional/district offices across the province. In addition to enforcing Forestry regulations under the Forestry Act/Regulations, Conservation Officers are authorized to enforce provisions of the Plant Protection Act, Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles Act/Regulations and certain sections of the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Act/Regulations. As well the Conservation Officers are Inspection Officers under the Animal Health and Protection Act. The Agency actively collaborates with other government departments and agencies on enforcement activities. The Agency is responsible for monitoring timber harvesting operations as well as patrolling forest areas for compliance with the regulations under the various acts. The Legislation and Compliance Division is located at headquarters in the Fortis Building in Corner Brook. In addition to providing support for enforcement and compliance related activities in regions and districts, this division manages: special investigations; policy development, implementation, analysis, and review; coordination of training and certification for enforcement related duties including use of force; and enforcement equipment inventory and distribution.
- Licensing and Permitting - The Agency's regional and district offices issue Licences and permits for: commercial or domestic timber cutting, commercial or domestic sawmilling, burning, operating during the fire season, timber export, the purchase of timber, protection of livestock from wild animals, bear protection, replacement of a big game Licence, removal of nuisance animals, game export, temporary outdoor identification cards, possession for taxidermy, transport of firearms, and fur bearer export.
- Production and Market Development - The Agency offers a wide range of programs and services aimed at maximizing production and market development at the primary and secondary levels. These programs and services include: professional and technical support, pest control training, research and development, market development, market intelligence, on-farm food safety, off-farm food safety, and marketing and promotion.
- Business Development Services The Agency delivers a wide range of programs and services to support business development including: AgriInsurance, Livestock Insurance; the Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program, Growing Forward 2, and the Agriculture and Agrifoods Development Fund; grants and subsidies for the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture, 4-H Program, and the Provincial Training Program; and Professional Advisory Services through eight Agricultural Development Officers and three farm management specialists.
- Land Management - The Agency offers a number of programs in the area of land resource stewardship including the: Environmental, Land Use, Real Property Tax Exemption, Land Consolidation, Environmental Farm Planning, Agricultural Limestone, Soil Survey, Agricultural Access Roads and Electrical Services. Also included are services such as: soils and mapping activities, geographic information system development; field mapping and database development, soil fertility, and the Soil, Plant and Feed Laboratory.
- Animal Health - The Agency's animal health services consist of: farm animal veterinary services; supportive laboratory analyses for diagnostic and regulatory programs through the ISO 17025 accredited Animal Health Laboratory; control of food quality at the production or primary processing level under the Food and Drug Act (raw milk) and Meat Inspection Act (slaughterhouses); surveillance, research, and control of specific animal diseases of either economic interest to the livestock industry or of public health interest to the provincial community under the Animal Health and Protection Act; the oversight, monitoring and support of investigations of cruelty to animals complaints (Animal Health and Protection Act); assistance to wildlife/conservation officials; promotion and control of Heritage Animals (Newfoundland Ponies) under the Animal Health and Protection Act.
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- Agricultural Land Consolidation Review Committee
- Chicken Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Farm Industry Review Board
- Forest Land Tax Appeal Board
- Newfoundland and Labrador Crop Insurance Agency
- Newfoundland and Labrador Farm Products Corporation
- Newfoundland and Labrador Livestock Owners Compensation Board
- St. John's Land Development Advisory Authority
- St. John's Urban Region Agricultural Appeal Board
- Timber Scalers Board
- Wooddale Land Development Advisory Authority
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The stakeholders of the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency include:
- Pulp and paper and sawmill industries;
- Secondary processing value-added and bioenergy industries;
- Commercial and domestic cutting permit holders on crown land;
- Aboriginal groups;
- Agriculture organizations;
- Municipal councils;
- Environmental groups;
- Other provincial government departments;
- Federal government departments; and,
- Residents of the province.