Nova Scotia Agricultural College

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Nova Scotia Agricultural College
Former names
School of Agriculture, Truro (1885-1905); The School of Horticulture, Wolfville (1893-1905)
Motto Mens Agitat Molem (Latin)
Motto in English
"Mind over Matter"
Type Public Agricultural College/University
Active 1905–2012
Endowment $3.049 million[1] (as of December 31, 2010)
Location Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada
Campus Urban
Colors Blue      & gold     
Nickname Rams
Affiliations CCAA, ACCC, AUCC, IAU, CBIE, CUP.
Website (defunct)

Coordinates: 45°22′15″N 63°15′26″W / 45.37083°N 63.25722°W / 45.37083; -63.25722 Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) is a former Canadian university college that was located in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.

NSAC was officially founded 14 February 1905. On 1 September 2012 it was taken over by Dalhousie University, becoming the Faculty of Agriculture. The former NSAC campus is now called the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus or "AC".


Nova Scotia Agricultural College was officially founded 14 February 1905 by the merger of The School of Agriculture (1885–1905) in Truro and The School of Horticulture (1893–1905) in Wolfville.[2] NSAC was located on the provincial demonstration farm in Bible Hill along a bluff overlooking the north bank of the Salmon River; it expanded throughout the 20th century to a total area of 442 hectares (1,092 acres).[3]

In the early years, NSAC 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.[4]

A bronze memorial plaque to the memory of former students of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College killed during the First World War was erected in Cumming Hall by their fellow students.[5]

A disastrous fire in 1946 destroyed the science building and a temporary campus was set up in a former Canadian Army hospital at the Debert Military Camp. 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.[4]

In 1980 the Government of Nova Scotia passed legislation authorizing NSAC to grant undergraduate B.Sc. (Agr.) degrees.[6] 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 later signed with Dalhousie University to grant M.Sc. degrees beginning in 1996. NSAC continued to grant its own diplomas for 2-year technology programs.

Throughout its history, the NSAC was an independent post-secondary research and education institution but it was directly funded by and administered by the provincial government's Department of Agriculture. On 23 March 2012 the Government of Nova Scotia announced that it had reached an agreement with Dalhousie University that would merge NSAC into that institution effective 1 September 2012 to become that institution's Faculty of Agriculture.[7]


NSAC was the only university in Atlantic Canada that had a specific mandate to offer agricultural education. Throughout its history it offered specialized training at the Technical, Technology, Bachelor (after 1980), and Masters (after 1996) levels. Bachelor's degrees in Agricultural Mechanization, Engineering (with Dalhousie), Animal Science, Plant Science, Soil Science, Environmental Biology, Agricultural Economics, and Aquaculture are offered. Undergraduate degrees — B.Sc.(Agr)— are granted in association with Dalhousie University.

NSAC had also been associated with Brock University whereby NSAC students could receive a B.Sc. with a major in Viticulture & Oenology (granted by Brock).

NSAC offered a wide variety of technology programs, including a Diploma in Business Management with concentrations in Farming, Dairy Farming, Equine, Companion Animal, as well as Greenhouse & Nursery. It trained students in how to operate an agricultural business from both a financial stand point as well as teaching proper plant growing and animal husbandry techniques.

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^1 Enrollment Statistics 2011-12, NSAC Registry


  1. ^ Annual Report of NSAC Foundation, 2010-11, page 4
  2. ^ Kernaghan, Lois (1985). "Nova Scotia Agricultural College". The Canadian Encyclopedia: 1291. 
  3. ^ “Nova Scotia Agricultural College Quick Facts 2010-2011
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ bronze memorial plaque
  6. ^ Chapter 6 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, “Agriculture and Marketing Act”, Part XVI Agricultural Education.
  7. ^ N.S. Agricultural College to merge with Dalhousie
  8. ^ "Biography | Mark Eyking | Your member of parliament for Sydney-Victoria". Retrieved 2017-03-07. 

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