June 2003 Nutrient Management Protocol for Ontario Regulation 267/03 Made under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002

Part 8 – Short Form Nutrient Management Strategies and Nutrient Management Plans: Criteria for Agricultural Operations

Table of Contents

  1. Contents of a Short Form Nutrient Management Strategy and/ or Nutrient Management Plan
  2. Required Documentation for a Short Form Plan or Strategy

8.1 General

For agricultural operations on farm units that generate less than 150 NU and do not land apply liquid manure or non-agricultural source material, the Regulation permits a short form nutrient management strategy and/or nutrient management plan to be prepared if the farm unit meets every point in section 8.2 below. It must be noted, the operator of a farm unit with a short form nutrient management strategy or short form nutrient management plan is not exempted from following any other requirement of the Regulation or Protocol.

Short form nutrient management strategies and nutrient management plans:

  • are based on a farm unit and must include a Farm Unit Declaration Form;
  • must be kept on the farm and be available to a provincial officer for inspection purposes; and
  • may be completed as the Regulation begins applying to a farm unit based on the phase-in provisions of the Regulation.

8.2 Contents of a Short Form Nutrient Management Strategy and/ or Nutrient Management Plan

An operator must be able to answer "yes" to each applicable question below to be permitted to use a Short Form Nutrient Management Strategy or Nutrient Management Plan. If the operator can answer "yes" to each applicable question then the answers, when signed, and the documents referred to in the questions, become the nutrient management strategy or nutrient management plan, as the case may be. If the answer is "no" to any question below, a full nutrient management strategy and/ or nutrient management plan (as detailed in Parts 5 and 7 of this Protocol) must be prepared.

The form below may only be used by farmers generating or receiving solid manure and not receiving any other category of prescribed materials.

Short Form - Agricultural Operations Generation Less than 150 NU on a Farm Unit

Write the Operation Identifier here if one is assigned:
Yes No
1. Does this farm unit have a completed Farm Unit Declaration?    
2. Does the operator of this farm unit have proof that he/she has received an agricultural operation certificate (Part 10 of the Regulation)?    
3. Are only the following applied on this farm unit?
  • solid1 manure,
  • commercial fertilizer,
  • other agriculture source material that is not liquid manure
   
Storage Requirements
4. If this farm unit is a generator of manure, does it:
  1. generate less than 150 NU?
  2. manage only on-farm generated solid manure, including run-off from that manure?
  3. generate and receive less than 1.5 NU per tillable hectare on the farm unit?
  4. show that adequate manure storage is available by completing MSTOR or equivalent evaluation?
  5. Have one of the following in accordance with Part 8 of the Regulation:
    • a minimum of 240 days storage with run-off control or treatment,
    • storage for livestock confined for less than 240 days with run-off control or treatment,
    • proof of a Broker Agreement or Nutrient Transfer Agreement to compensate for storage capacity less than the required period, or
    • proof of an arrangement with an Intermediate Generator to compensate for the storage capacity less than the required period.
   
If nutrients are applied to land on this farm unit, answer Question 5. Otherwise, go to Question 6.
5. If nutrients are applied to land on this farm unit,
  1. is only solid manure applied with an application rate of less than 7 tonnes per hectare for poultry manure or less than 44 tonnes per hectare for other solid manure on all fields?
  2. are all requirements for land application set out in Part 6 of the Regulation (setbacks, adequate spreading conditions, etc.) met?
  3. are nutrients applied to land at rates of less than:
    • 17 kilograms per hectare above OMAF Crop Fertilizer Recommendations; or
    • except where the P-test exceeds a very high rating based on OMAF recommendations, crop removal rates plus 33 kilograms per hectare of nitrogen and 78 kilograms per hectare of phosphorus?
   
Operators for all farm units must answer the following questions:
6. Is there a contingency plan for the farm unit that complies with Part 11 of this Protocol?    
7. Will you reassess your farm unit in accordance with the following?
  • at least once every 5 years as required by the Regulation or sooner;
  • upon the occurrence of any of the events set out in Part 3 of the Regulation and also in paragraphs 5.1, 6.3 and 7.1 of this protocol.
   
8. The operator of this farm unit has not been charged, prosecuted or the subject of a section 29 or 30 order under the Nutrient Management Act or the Regulation within the last five years?    

Signature of Owner:

Date:

1 The Regulation describes "solid" as ...having a dry matter content of 18% or more or a slump of 150 millimetres or less using the Test Method for the Determination of Liquid Waste (slump test) set out in Schedule 5 to Regulation 347 made under the Environmental Protection Act.


8.3 Required Documentation for a Short Form Plan or Strategy

In addition to the completed questionnaire any person who completes a short form nutrient management plan or strategy should maintain the following documents, if applicable:

  • Farm Unit Declaration
  • Operation Identifier if applicable
  • Copy of the agricultural operation certificate
  • Record of the amount of prescribed material expected to be generated on the farm unit.
  • Record of the amount of nutrient which will be received at the farm unit
  • Record related to storage (MSTOR or equivalent)
  • Record related to actual land application of all manure and required setbacks
  • Any agreements
  • Contingency plan

For more information:
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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 30 June 2003
Last Reviewed: 30 June 2003