AOPA Legislation

 
 
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The Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) is provincial legislation which sets manure management standards for all operations in Alberta who handle manure. The Act defines siting and construction standards for manure storage and collection facilities, addresses the application of manure to agricultural land and ensures environmental protection through an approval process which involves directly affected neighbours and the municipalities. Nuisances such as odour, dust, noise and smoke resulting from agriculture activities are also dealt with in the Act. The Act also outlines penalties and fines that apply to contraventions of the Act.

Under AOPA, the NRCB issues three kinds of permits. Do you need a permit? Find out more on-line.

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) is responsible for developing and updating AOPA. As well, ARD staff extend information regarding the Act and it’s associated regulations.

The NRCB (Natural Resources Conservation Board) is responsible for the permitting of CFO's (Confined Feeding Operations) and is also responsible for addressing complaints regarding the management of manure on agricultural operations in Alberta.

The Farmer's Advocate Office (FAO) is responsible for administering nuisance regulations. The FAO assists in looking for solutions when disputes arise between the agricultural industry and neighbours over nuisance issues.

This website offers information for all stakeholders who may be affected by AOPA.

General information

AOPA Environmental Standards for Alberta's Livestock Industry

Legislation

Act Regulations Codes Technical Guidelines Publications

The Standard Factsheets provide information on AOPA and its associated regulations: Other Publications which provide information on the application of AOPA: Information for Neighbours Farmers Advocate
The Farmer's Advocate Office (FAO) is responsible for administering nuisance regulations. The FAO assists in looking for solutions when disputes arise between the agricultural industry and neighbours over nuisance issues. NRCB information

The NRCB (Natural Resources Conservation Board) is responsible for the permitting of CFO's (Confined Feeding Operations) and is also responsible for addressing complaints regarding the management of manure on agricultural operations in Alberta.

The following documents are available from the NRCB website

Guides Forms Request for Board Review of an Enforcement Order Form Request for Board Review of an Approval Officer’s Decision Form NRCB Factsheets Other resources On-line calculators are currently under construction, please contact a CFO extension specialist for more information
  • Affected parties radius calculator
  • Catch Basin Calculator
  • Earth Manure Storage Calculator
  • Minimum Distance Separation Calculator
  • Land Base Calculator
  • Water Requirements Calculator
Contacts
  • CFO Extension Services
    Extension Specialists with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development are available to provide information on AOPA to livestock producers, consultants, municipalities and other interested parties.



 
 
 
 
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This document is maintained by Nicole Huggins-Rawlins.
This information published to the web on January 21, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on December 6, 2013.