[HALIFAX, NS] — The Province has decided to relocate its agriculture department headquarters from Halifax to Truro-Bible Hill.
The province will move 34 head office positions to Truro-Bible Hill, joining the 141 Department of Agriculture staff already located there.
"Truro-Bible Hill has historically been a focal point for agriculture, from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College to the various commodity groups and federal agricultural agencies which call it home," said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. "This move will allow the department to consolidate operations to provide better service to farmers and the agriculture industry."
The department's headquarters staff will move to Truro-Bible Hill by the end of 2012.
"It makes sense to have the Department of Agriculture located here in central Nova Scotia," said Beth Densmore, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. "It will improve accessibility for farmers and improve dialogue among industry stakeholders."
The Department of Agriculture has more than 220 staff provincewide in 13 communities around the province.