2009 Nutrient Management Protocol for Ontario Regulation 267/03 Made under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002

Part 2 - Defining Your Operations

2.1 Defining Farm Units For Agricultural Operations

When submitting a nutrient management strategy ("NMS") or a nutrient management plan ("NMP") for approval a declaration has to be made that identifies all the land and any facilities in the farm unit. The Farm Unit Declaration Form, which is found at the Government of Ontario Central Forms Site is used to make this declaration. One form is required for each farm unit declared and where an operation identifier has been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ("OMAFRA"), it must be recorded on the Farm Unit Declaration Form.

With a NASM plan, the farm unit declaration will need to identify all the fields that are part of the plan. NASM plans are required for all farms where category 2 or 3 NASM is applied to fields or stored in a NASM storage facility regardless of whether there are any animals on the farm. However, a NASM plan only deals with those areas of the farm unit where NASM is land applied or stored. (Note there are some exceptional cases where a NASM plan may be required in relation to category 1 NASM).

Throughout this document a reference to a farm unit refers to a farm unit on which an agricultural operation is carried out.

For more information:
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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 14 September 2009
Last Reviewed: 14 September 2009