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What is Nutrient Management?

Plant nutrients, which are contained in both manure and chemical fertilizers, are essential to a farm operation. When applied in proper quantities and at appropriate times, the nutrients will aid in achieving optimum crop yields. However, improper use of nutrients can lead to soil-nutrient and feed-ration imbalances and can cause water quality problems both locally and downstream. The objective of nutrient management is to use nutrients (mainly nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) wisely for optimum economic benefit, while minimizing impact on the environment.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The Nutrient Management Act

The Ontario Nutrient Management Act passed on June 27, 2002. The Nutrient Management Act provides farmers with the guidelines to regulate nutrients on all Ontario farms regardless the size, type of operation or location within the province. The stated purpose of the Act is "to provide for the management of materials containing nutrients in ways that will enhance protection of the natural environment and provide a sustainable future for agricultural operations and rural development."

Operators of every new and every large livestock farm in Ontario will be developing a nutrient management strategy (NMS), a nutrient management plan (NMP), or both. In the coming years, having and using these documents will become standard operating practice.

As of September 30, 2003 all new livestock farms, larger than five nutrient units were subject to the Nutrient Management Act (2002) regulation. As well beginning on September 30, 2003 all expanding farms with 300 nutrient units or more were also subject to the regulation. In addition, certain categories of farms will be required to have provincial approval of their nutrient management plans/strategies. In 2005, all existing operations equal to or larger than 300 nutrient units will be subject to the regulation.
In 2008 other types of agricultural operations may become subject to the regulation. The OMAF websites states that implementation of the regulation at that time will be subject to available funding to assist farmers with complying with the regulation.

Nutrient Management and the City of Kawartha Lakes

If your proposed project requires the completion of a nutrient management plan through the Provincial regulations there are provincial Nutrient Management Specialists to assist you. For specific requirements relating to building permits and the Nutrient Management Act within the City of Kawartha Lakes please contact the Building Department or for general information about Act contact the Agriculture Development Officer at 705-324-9411 ext 12008.

Nutrient Management Resources

Kelly Maloney
Agriculture Development Officer
705-324-9411 ext. 1208

180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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