Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) Legislation

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 Below is resources, tools and information on the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA), Alberta's manure management legislation, as well as beneficial management practices.

Are you a farmer thinking about increasing the number of animals on your farm? Do you plan on building or changing any manure storages, livestock pens and/or barns? Find out if you need a permit and what is involved:
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about manure management legislation and not sure where to start? Click on the link above for answers to these frequently asked questions and more.
AOPA Information and Resources
Click on the link above for forms, factsheets and technical guidelines from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) for these AOPA publications and more.
Extension Information
Interested in extra information related to AOPA? Click on the link above for the following topics and more:
These will help you to estimate capacity or volume of your storage facility. Note these are not for design purposes.
Other Resources
Additional information for manure management, facility construction and design and addressing nuisances.
Environmental Programming

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) agreement, replacing Growing Forward 2 (GF2), comes into effect April 2018. A current Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) will be a requirement for CAP Environmental Stewardship funding when programs open. To ensure eligibility, farmers who have not completed an EFP or have completed an EFP prior to April 2008 should start or renew.

For more information on how to start or renew your EFP, click here.

To stay current on program changes and news on future environmental programming, click here and select the "subscribe to receive program announcements".
AOPA Legislation


Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) Staff:

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) is responsible for developing and updating AOPA. The AF Extension Specialists are available to answer any questions you have about the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) and its associated regulations. If you require further help with the tools and information provided on this page or wish to discuss manure related Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs), please call the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) and ask to speak with a regional AF extension specialist.

Ag-Info Centre
Phone: 310-FARM (3276)

AF Extension Specialists
  • North/Peace Region: Deanne Madsen
  • Central Region: Chris Ullmann
  • South Region: Cody Metheral

Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO):

The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is responsible for administering Part 1 Nuisance of the Act and assists in looking for solutions when disputes arise between the agricultural industry and neighbours over nuisance issues. An appointed panel can review complaints related to nuisances such as agricultural odour, dust, noise, and smoke. Affected parties should contact the Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) for more information through the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

Phone: 310-FARM (3276)
Fax: 780-427-3913

Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB):

The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) is responsible for delivering AOPA Part 2 and its regulations, permitting Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) and addressing complaints regarding manure management on agricultural operations in Alberta.

If you'd like to see a listing of factsheets, application forms and guides or would like to search for an existing permit or know more about board review hearings, please refer to the NRCB website (

For more information, contact NRCB staff at these regional offices:

Red Deer:403-340-5241

For concerns, call the toll-free, 24 hour response line: 1-866-383-6722
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This information published to the web on January 21, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 6, 2018.