Our History

West Nova Agro Commodities Ltd. is a community-owned and community-run business in Annapolis County, NS.  The business commenced in the year 2000.  There are approximately 90 community members who invested in this Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF).  WNAC was one of the first businesses in Nova Scotia, to start up under this investment program.

When the business commenced in the year 2000, the immediate objective was to build a Grain Centre for the region’s farmers to dry, store and market grain.  The long term objective of the business was to support the agricultural sector and help develop new opportunities for agriculture.  Over the years the Grain Centre has expanded and has increased the types of grain and oil seeds marketed.  Initially the business only dealt with wheat, barley, and corn.   In 2014, the crops handled included wheat, barley, oats, rye, soybeans, and corn.

Beginning in 2009, WNAC focused its efforts on developing another new opportunity for the region.  This idea was to take surplus hay that was poor quality (for livestock feed) and turn it into fuel pellets and firelogs for heat.  This renewable energy business from hay is one way that small and mid-sized farms can diversify their revenue streams, while utilizing the equipment that they already own.  It also prevents more abandoned farmland from growing up in brush and being lost to future agricultural use.

After years of Research and Development, a new production plant has been built to produce renewable fuel pellets and fire logs in an environmentally sustainable manner.  WNAC has re-purposed a former textile plant to produce this renewable fuel.  The business’ first customer for fuel pellets is the Municipality of Annapolis County.  The municipality is presently refitting the BasinView Centre (which houses the Fundy Y and other businesses) to be heated with grass pellets.  This will be completed by March 2015.  By switching from heating oil to grass pellets, the municipality will advance its environmental goal of reducing its carbon footprint while reducing the cost to taxpayers of heating the building.  

 Our Future

WNAC has now developed two distinctive business operations, a Grain Centre and an Agri-Fuel business.  The grain business is busiest in the summer and fall, while the fuel business is busiest throughout the winter.

The Grain Centre will continue to dry, store, and market grain and oil seeds for local farmers.  It will continue to identify new value added crops that can be grown in the region for animal feed, human consumption, or nutraceutical uses.

The AgriFuel business will produce fire logs for residential wood stoves and furnaces.  It will produce and deliver pellets in bulk to farms, other businesses, and government institutions.  Pellets will also be bagged for residential home use.  Additional opportunities that may be developed include; supplying pellets for livestock bedding, or producing a high quality feed hay pellet for livestock feed in export markets.