Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

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Faculty of Agriculture
Dalhousie University
Former names
Nova Scotia Agricultural College (1905-2012)
The School of Horticulture (1893-1905)
The School of Agriculture (1885-1905)
Type Public agricultural college
Established 1905
Endowment $3.049 million[1]
Location Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada
45°22′15″N 63°15′26″W / 45.37083°N 63.25722°W / 45.37083; -63.25722Coordinates: 45°22′15″N 63°15′26″W / 45.37083°N 63.25722°W / 45.37083; -63.25722
Campus Rural
Colors blue      & gold     
Nickname Rams
Affiliations CCAA, ACCC, AUCC, IAU, CBIE, CUP.
Website http://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture.html

The Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University is a Canadian agricultural college and faculty of Dalhousie University located in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.[2]

The Faculty of Agriculture offers the only university level programs in agriculture in Atlantic Canada. The campus is referred to as Dalhousie University's "Agricultural Campus" or by its popular abbreviation "AC." [3][4]


The Faculty of Agriculture was officially founded on 1 September 2012 with the merger of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) into Dalhousie University.

The Faculty of Agriculture traces its history to The School of Agriculture, founded in 1885 and located in Truro, as well as The School of Horticulture, founded in 1893 and located in Wolfville. These two institutions merged on 14 February 1905 to form the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) and the new institution, managed by the Government of Nova Scotia's Department of Agriculture, relocated to the provincial demonstration farm in Bible Hill.[5]

The Bible Hill campus, located on a bluff along the north bank of the Salmon River, expanded throughout the 20th century to a total area of 442 hectares (1,092 acres).[6]

In the early years, NSAC and its predecessor institutions focused on educating farmers in aspects of field and animal husbandry. These early graduates often went on to pursue a university degree, usually from Macdonald College at McGill University or the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ontario.[7]

A disastrous fire in 1946 destroyed the science building and a temporary campus was set up at a former Canadian Army hospital at nearby Camp Debert. This temporary campus served students until the fall of 1953 when the new science building, now known as the Harlow Institute, was opened on the Bible Hill campus.[7]

In 1980 the Government of Nova Scotia passed legislation authorizing the institution to grant undergraduate B.Sc. (Agr.) degrees.[8] The decision was made by the institution to do this in association with Dalhousie University and the first students graduated with the new degree in 1985. An agreement was subsequently made with Dalhousie to provide M.Sc. degrees beginning in 1996. NSAC granted its own diplomas for 2-year technology programs and the institution remained an independent post-secondary research and education institution administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of NSAC, Canada Post issued 'Nova Scotia Agricultural College, 1905-2005' on 14 February 2005 as part of the Canadian Universities series. The stamp was based on a design by Denis L'Allier and a photograph by Guy Lavigueur. The 50¢ stamps are kiss cut and were printed by Lowe-Martin Company Inc.[9]

The Government of Nova Scotia announced on March 23, 2012 that it had reached an agreement with Dalhousie University that saw NSAC become that institution's Faculty of Agriculture, effective 1 September 2012.[10][11]


The Faculty of Agriculture offers the following academic programs:

Graduate programs
  • Master of Science (MSc)
Undergraduate programs
  • Animal Science
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Aquaculture
  • Environmental Landscape Horticulture
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Integrated Environmental Management
  • International Food Business
  • Plant Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Small Business Management (B.Tech)
Diploma and technical programs
  • Business Management
  • Engineering
  • Managed Landscapes
  • Plant Science
  • Veterinary Technology
Continuing education certificate programs
  • Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture
  • Certificate in Technology Education

Barley Ring[edit]

The barley ring is the official ring of the Faculty of Agriculture; the ring was first introduced in 2010.[12] The barley pattern was selected as it is an important crop harvested in Nova Scotia and one of the first crops planted at the Agricultural Campus in 1890. The barley ring is easily recognized by its distinctive barley pattern around the band. Each ring is individually hand made by Donna Hiebert of Truro, N.S.[12]

Rings are available in 14k white and yellow gold or stainless steel, as well as wide band or narrow bands are available for selection.[12]


The Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Rams have teams that compete in the Atlantic College Athletic Association, the Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association (CILA) and the Atlantic Intercollegiate Equestrian League.[13][14][15] In the 2015-2016 season, both the men's and women's woodsmen teams won the CILA championship.[16] In the 2016 - 2017 season of the ACAA, the women's cross country team won the provincial championship race.[17]


  • Chapman house is a co-ed residence and can hold 125 students. It houses mostly first year students and transfer students.[18]
  • Fraser house is co-ed also, with the option of all female or male sections. It holds up to 100 students who are mostly returning students and transfer students.[19]
  • Trueman house is the smallest of the three and houses mature and graduate students.[20]


There is a farm on campus that consists of:

  • Chute Animal Nutrition Center
  • Fur Unit
  • Atlantic Poultry Research Center
  • Ruminant Animal Center
  • Machinery Shed
  • Feed Processing Plant[21]

See also[edit]


^1 Enrollment Statistics 2011-12, NSAC Registry


  1. ^ Annual Report of NSAC Foundation, 2010-11, page 4
  2. ^ "About the Faculty of Agriculture". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "About the Merger". Dalhousie University. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Agricultural Campus". Dalhousie University. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Kernaghan, Lois (1985). "Nova Scotia Agricultural College". The Canadian Encyclopedia: 1291. 
  6. ^ “Nova Scotia Agricultural College Quick Facts 2010-2011
  7. ^ a b Ellis, A. Dale (1999). Shaped Through Service:An illustrated History of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Truro, NS: Agrarian Development Services (ADS) Ltd. p. 279. ISBN 0-9686008-0-8. 
  8. ^ Chapter 6 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, “Agriculture and Marketing Act”, Part XVI Agricultural Education.
  9. ^ Postage Stamp
  10. ^ N.S. Agricultural College to merge with Dalhousie
  11. ^ Dal name hailed in Bible Hill
  12. ^ a b c "Barley Ring". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  13. ^ "Varsity Teams". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  14. ^ "Woodsmen". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  15. ^ "Equestrian". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  16. ^ "Rams season recap". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  17. ^ "2016 ACAA Cross Country Running Championships Result". Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Assoc. 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  18. ^ "Chapman House". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  19. ^ "Fraser House". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  20. ^ "Trueman House". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  21. ^ "The Farm". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2016-11-22. 

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