Searching for support for your farm enterprise?

Explore the following sources to see what’s available for you.

Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries offers many services and publications, including free consultations with extension specialists, technical bulletins, annual reports, agricultural statistics, veterinarian and veterinarian lab services provided, and more. Here are some specific tools and opportunities you may want to explore further:

AgPal – Find Provincial & Federal Agricultural Programs
Agri-Industry Development & Advancement Mentorship Program
Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Homepage
Regional Business Growth Officers
Social Media Toolkit

Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries Veterinary Services

Field Veterinary Services provide on-farm and emergency call services for the livestock sector 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a fee that the producer pays. 

These services can be obtained from the regional department offices located in Moncton, Fredericton, Sussex, Grand Falls, Bathurst, and Wicklow.

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Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries: Loan & Loan Guarantee Programs

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries provides repayable loans and loan guarantees to help develop the agriculture sector. 

New entrants, defined as someone who has owned a farm for five years or less, are eligible for lower interest rates and equity requirements.

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Livestock Incentive Loan Program

The Department offers loans to financial institutions for farmers purchasing and raising livestock.


  • Both full-time and part-time farmers may apply;
  • The business plan must show reasonable chances of viability and must demonstrate that a demand exists for the product(s);
  • The applicant must have acceptable agricultural knowledge and business skills as well as an acceptable credit history;
  • Acceptable security must be provided for the proposed financing; and
  • The applicant must invest at least 10 per cent equity in the project.

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Other Potential Financial Resources

It’s essential to have realistic financial forecasts. It is highly recommended you seek out professionals to help you with this.

In addition to commercial banks as well as grants and assistance programs offered by both levels of government, other potential resources include:

Opportunities New Brunswick
Canadian Agriculture Loan Act
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Export Development Canada
The New Brunswick Small Business Investor Tax Credit
Farm Credit Canada
Young Farmer Loan

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