2009 Nutrient Management
Protocol for Ontario Regulation 267/03 Made under the Nutrient Management
Part 5 - Nutrient management Strategy for Agricultural Operations
Table of Contents
- Required Contents of a Nutrient Management Strategy
(Part III of the Regulation)
- Farm Unit Information and Identifier Numbers
5.1 Required Contents of a Nutrient Management
Strategy (Part III of the Regulation)
A completed NMS must include requirements set out in the Regulation
as well as:
- Farm unit information and identifier numbers
- Description of the operation
- Farm Unit declaration form including details on the location
of each farm property, roll number, generator or not, name
- Farm unit sketch
- List of prescribed materials generated - manure/nutrient information
(including type and analysis)
- Information on a regulated mixed anaerobic digestion ("AD")
- Destinations of nutrients generated
- Storage information - yearly amount, days of storage, amount
remaining including storage sizing calculation
- Contingency plan
- Sign-off form
These requirements are explained in more detail below.
5.2. Farm Unit Information and Identifier Numbers
1. Farm Unit Information:
An operation that is either approved or registered will receive
an "operation identifier". The OMAFRA will be responsible
for assigning operation identifiers.
2. Description of the Operation:
The description must give details about the general type of operation
for which the NMS is being prepared. The written description should
include items such as; the size of operation, overview of the livestock
facilities, and the prescribed material being produced and/or received.
It must include the name and contact information for the operator
of the operation.
3. Farm Unit Declaration Form:
For an agricultural operation only, a Farm Unit Declaration is
required. It identifies the contact information for the farm unit
operator and identifies the facilities and land base associated
with the operation. The Farm Unit Declaration is described in Part
2 of this Protocol. The farm unit must comply with the rules set
out in Part I of the Regulation.
Any agreements required by the strategy must be signed and copies
attached to the NMS. There are two types of agreements recognized
by the Regulation. The agreements are:
Type of Agreement - Broker Agreement: This agreement
is required for a transfer of agricultural source material from
a generator who is required by the Regulation to have a NMS to a
broker, or, from a broker to a receiver who is required by the Regulation
to have a NMP or NASM plan. Each party to the agreement must have
a signed copy. Brokers must have the identifier of each generator
or receiver who is subject to the Regulation and with whom they
have an agreement, if an operation identifier has been previously
assigned by the OMAFRA.
Type of Agreement - Nutrient Transfer Agreement:
Where an owner /operator of one operation intends to have another
person manage the prescribed materials s/he has generated, then
a Nutrient Transfer Agreement is required to be executed by:
- the generator of the prescribed material and the owner or controller
of any other farm unit required to have a NMP or NASM plan under
the Regulation or
- an authorized representative of the intermediate operation to
which the prescribed material is transferred for management.
The agreement must include the identifier for the generator and
the person to whom the material is transferred, if an operation
identifier has been previously assigned by the OMAFRA. The agreement
must also include - a statement setting out the quantity of prescribed
material that is to be transferred.
This form indicates that nutrients are being transferred to or
from a farm unit and requires that the NMS, NMP or NASM plan of
each farm unit reflect that transfer. This form must be signed by
the supplier and the receiver and must be included in the NMS or
NMP for the supplier and the receiver of the agricultural source
5. Farm Unit Sketch:
Maps or sketches can be hand drawn, photos, or computer generated.
A farm unit operator/controller may choose to do more than one sketch
if it is not possible to show the land belonging to the farm unit
on one sketch or if there is too much information for one sketch.
Every map or sketch should be neat and readable and be presented
with the direction north to the top of the page, denoted by a north
The sketch must address the following items (either by including
them or stating that they do not exist):
Location of generation facilities and storage(s):
- Permanent, temporary and proposed generating facilities
- Permanent, temporary and proposed storage facilities and sites
- Dimensions of all generating and storage facilities and sites
Location, description and dimensions of AD facility including:
- Dimensions of any further treatment systems and digester system
- Description of facilities used for the storage of farm feed
or other anaerobic digestion materials
- Dimensions of all storages used for the storage of both on and
off-farm anaerobic digestion materials
Distance to sensitive features within the farm unit and outside
within regulated distances:
- Known wells (includes gas, oil, test and water wells)
- Municipal wells
- Tile inlets
- Surface water (as defined in Part I of the Regulation)
- Dwellings, residential areas and commercial, community or institutional
Location and dimensions of a vegetated filter strip system ("VFSS")
- Location and dimensions of the extended vegetated filter strip
- Location and dimensions of any permanent vegetated area or flow
path associated with a VFSS
6. List of Prescribed Materials Generated:
Every NMS must have a summary of all the prescribed materials and
volumes generated by the operation. The summary should identify
whether each material is liquid or solid.
Note: when a farm that generates prescribed materials also
receives nutrients, the receipt of the nutrients must be dealt with
in the NMP
Manure: All the calculations required to determine the volume
of manure generated are based upon the following rule.
Farm animal Numbers: "Farm animal" is defined
in the Act as: "livestock, including poultry and ratites, fur-bearing
animals, bees, cultured fish, deer and elk, game animals and birds
or any additional animals, birds or fish prescribed by the regulations".
For manure storage calculations on new or expanding facilities
the number of farm animals must be equal to or greater than the
number determined using the Housing Capacity Guidelines (provided
in Table 1, found in the Nutrient Management Tables document) or
documentation must be included indicating that the maximum housing
capacity of the barn is less than the Housing Capacity Guidelines.
For all facilities NU is based on actual usage.
For existing facilities; manure storage calculations are based
on actual usage of the facility.
For all facilities, manure production (and consequent land base
calculations) is based on actual usage of the facilities.
In all cases, a comprehensive, written explanation must be included
if the declared housing usage is less than the maximum housing capacity
of the barn.
Animal Weights: If the NMS utilizes animal weights that
are lower than the values provided by Table 1, which can be found
in the Nutrient Management Tables document, a comprehensive, written
explanation must be included to justify the lower weights.
Manure Volume: The total volume of liquid or solid manure
generated annually on the farm unit must be provided for each type
of farm animal present on the farm unit.
AD output: The quantity of material to be land applied that
is produced by the regulated mixed AD facility must be accounted
for in the NMS. If the operation is land applying AD output from
a facility that is under a Certificate of Approval or a provisional
Certificate of Approval issued under Part V of the Environmental
Protection Act, then the output must be categorized as either agricultural
source material or non-agricultural source material and the volume
must be accounted for in the NMS.
Other Prescribed Materials: The quantity of prescribed materials,
other than manure or AD output generated at an operation must be
listed using industry-specific documentation or records from previous
time periods that can project the quantity to be produced over the
time period to be covered by the NMS.
7. Additional information required regulated mixed AD facilities:
If the farm has an AD facility installed or about to be installed,
the NMS will need to describe the off-farm material that is delivered
to the property. The annual volumes of materials coming on to the
farm property must be provided and it must be clearly demonstrated
that the materials are listed in Schedule 1 or 2 of the Regulation.
If the off-farm material is listed on Schedule 2 the NMS must demonstrate
what the further treatment process will be and what temperature
will be used for this treatment.
The NMS must demonstrate how the proposed AD facility will operate
including the temperature and average treatment time for material
to be processed in the AD facility.
For all prescribed materials generated on the farm unit or other
operation, a detailed written description of their intended destination
is required. The description should include:
- the quantity and type of prescribed materials;
- any applicable signed agreements
- where prescribed materials are not intended to be used for nutrient
purposes, the location and name of the destination of the materials;
- where prescribed materials are intended to be used for nutrient
purposes, the location and name of the destination of the materials
including a statement as to whether the materials are to be:
- applied to land according to the NMP or NASM plan for the
same farm unit,
- transferred to the NMS of another farm unit under a Nutrient
- transferred to another farm unit or operation which is not
required to have a NMP or NMS under the Regulation,
- transferred to an intermediate operation by a Nutrient Transfer
- transferred to a broker under a Broker Agreement.
9. Storage Facilities:
Storage facilities on the farm units or operations must be listed.
For each storage facility, a written description is required that
gives the capacity, dimensions and type of storage (for example:
circular, rectangle, pile, covered, exposed to precipitation). Nutrient
storage facilities must comply with "Part VIII: Siting and
Construction Standards" and with "Part IX.1 Anaerobic
Digestion" of the Regulation.
Note that if the operation would like to make a case that the volume
of material to be stored will be reduced by use of a regulated mixed
AD facility, then this must be demonstrated in the calculation of
the storage volume required. In demonstrating this reduction, the
calculation for the operation must also take into account the addition
of the off-farm material that will be used as AD materials that
are to be put into the AD facility. A regulated mixed anaerobic
digestion facility itself does not count as a storage facility.
For the purposes of calculating the storage capacity, those components
of a VFSS that store nutrients are not considered to be part of
the permanent nutrient storage facility on the farm. The components
of a VFSS and a regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facility are
not permanent nutrient storage facilities in this Regulation.
Determination of the size for new or expanding operations should
make use of Table 1 which can be found in the Nutrient Management
Tables document and the following two tables - Table
5.1 and Table 5.2.
| Dry Matter
Notes: 1Density has been rounded
to 3 significant digits.
Covered Storage (except covered barns with
Notes: 1 Freeboard dimensions have been
rounded to 2 significant digits.
Livestock Yard Runoff
Solid Manure Storage Runoff
Direct Entry into Liquid Storage
Notes: 1 Precipitation effects
have been rounded to 2 significant digits.
10. Contingency Plans:
A written contingency plan is required to describe actions in the
event the NMS cannot be followed. See Part 11 of this Protocol for
more detail on contingency planning.
11. Sign-off form:
The "Nutrient Management Strategy and/or Plan Sign-off"
form is found at the Government
of Ontario Central Forms Site and serves as a sign-off document
for the farmer and the person who prepared the NMS.