The Provincial Nutrient Management Advisory Committee

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  1. Advisory Committee Members

The provincial Nutrient Management Advisory Committee will make recommendations for the implementation of regulations under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002.

The 24-member advisory committee, drawn from a broad range of stakeholder groups, will be chaired by Wayne Caldwell, associate professor with the University of Guelph's School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Members of the committee have been chosen from farm organizations, the crop industry, the livestock industry, agribusiness, rural municipalities, the environmental community and the scientific and academic community.

The committee will examine certain technical issues identified during the consultations, such as the standards for seasonal outdoor feedlots; offer suggestions about appropriate funding mechanisms; and make recommendations on the phase-in of the application of regulations.

Some of the issues referred to this committee for further examination and recommendations are:

  • when the proposed regulations would apply to all types of farms except new livestock farms, large livestock farms and those expanding into the large livestock category
  • restrictions regarding the siting and construction of nutrient storage, as well as manure handling and application near municipal wells
  • seasonal outdoor feeding area standards
  • manure storage issues for existing operations
  • decommissioning of manure storages
  • nutrient application on tile-drained land
  • nutrient application on shallow soils
  • odour-related setbacks and standards
  • winter spreading restrictions for nutrients from the pulp and paper sector

Advisory Committee Members

The Nutrient Management Advisory Committee includes 24 representatives of the many stakeholder groups that have been involved in the development of the legislation and the draft regulations, plus a chair and vice-chair. Its members have been drawn from farm organizations, the crop industry, the livestock industry, agribusiness, rural municipalities, the environmental community and the scientific and academic community.

The Nutrient Management Advisory Committee includes:

Chair

Wayne Caldwell, an associate professor with the University of Guelph's School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, as well as a senior planner with Huron County. Caldwell's expertise includes rural land use planning, agricultural change management and rural community development, planning regulation and siting livestock facilities, as well as facilitation and conflict resolution.

Vice-Chair

Dale Cowan, owner-president of Agri-Food Labs. Cowan is also a member of the Ontario Agri-Business Association, which represents Ontario's crop input, grain and feed industries, as well as related agricultural businesses operating in Ontario.

Members

  • David Biesenthal, a Walkerton area farmer and veterinarian.

  • Neal Cathcart, reeve of Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan, a member of Peterborough County Council, and a board member of the Ganaraska Region and Otonabee Conservation Authorities.

  • Julie Cayley, Ducks Unlimited, Ontario

  • Gary Cousins, the director of planning for Wellington County, and a representative of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

  • Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager, Water & Wastewater Services, City of Toronto

  • Mac Emiry, a dairy producer from Northern Ontario.

  • Greg Hannam, chair of AgCare (Agricultural Groups Concerned About Resources and the Environment), Director of the Ontario Soybean Marketing Board, and a cash-crop farmer in the Guelph area.

  • Chris Kennedy, vice-chair and provincial director of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency as well as part-owner and general manager of Topsy Farms Ltd. in Frontenac County.

  • Peter Krause, the chair of Conservation Ontario, who was a member of the Advisory Committee on Watershed-based Source Protection Planning.

  • Anastasia Lintner, c/o Sierra Legal Defense

  • Tim Lotimer, President of Ontario Water Works Association.

  • John Maaskant, a chicken producer from Huron County who sits on the board of directors of Chicken Farmers of Ontario and is chair of the Ontario Farm Animal Advisory Council. In addition, Maaskant was a member of the Advisory Committee on Watershed-based Source Protection Planning.

  • Paul Mistele, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)

  • Jonathan Ng, Environmental Coordinator, Abititi-Consolidated Company of Canada, Thorold Division

  • Dale Pallister, an operator of a large feed lot operation in Grey County and a member of the Ontario Cattleman's Association.

  • André Pommainville

  • David Rudolph, an associate professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo whose interests include groundwater science, groundwater resource management and protection of regional aquifers.

  • Bill Semeniuk, the mayor of the Township of Zorra, a representative of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, and a chicken and cash crop farmer.

  • Carl Spencer, the deputy mayor of the municipality of Georgian Bluffs, and a beef farmer in Grey County.

  • Charles Stevens, a Durham Region orchard operator and member of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Association.

  • Kim Systma, a director with both the Ontario Cattlemen's Association and Beef Improvement Ontario, from Leeds County.

  • Dennis Zekveld, director of Ontario Pork, chair of their Environment Committee and a pork producer in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

 


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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 29 October 2003
Last Reviewed: 13 May 2010