05/08/2012 01:55 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Dalhousie University to merge in September

HALIFAX - The government of Nova Scotia introduced legislation today to formalize a proposed merger of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and Dalhousie University.

In March, the government announced an agreement to merge the two schools in a bid to strengthen the college, which has experienced financial problems in recent years.

Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says the legislation would authorize a former merger agreement to be signed later in the spring.

MacDonell says the target date for the merger has been extended from July 1 to Sept. 1 to allow enough time to finalize the agreement and for transition preparations.

College faculty and staff will become Dalhousie employees on Sept. 1.

The Nova Scotia Agricultural College, founded in 1905, will become Dalhousie's Faculty of Agriculture.