03/24/2015 03:46 EDT | Updated 05/24/2015 05:59 EDT

Agriculture federation wants funding to pay for winter structural damages

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture says it will ask for funding from the provincial government to help with structural damage caused by harsh winter weather.

The federation says this winter's snowfall has caused about $3 million worth of damage to agricultural structures across the province, such as greenhouses, livestock barns and machine storage buildings.

Federation president Chris van den Heuvel says storms have made it more difficult than usual to clear snow from the buildings.

He says the federation is gathering feedback from farmers through a survey and will use the information to lobby for funding from the province.

A spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department said in an emailed comment that the department is pleased the federation is gathering the information.

Krista Higdon said the department is looking forward to hearing the results of the research once it is complete.