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.
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Spotlight
  • Reminder that the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) - Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Program applications must be received by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry or postmarked on or before the date specified on the program website - www.cap.alberta.ca.
  • Looking for a better way to keep records for your manure production, transfers and application? This Alberta-based manure record keeping mobile application called ManureTracker can assist with farm management and reduce paper records.
Frequently Asked Questions
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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
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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
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Interested in extra information related to AOPA? Click on the link above for the following topics and more:
Tools

Under AOPA, anyone who handles 500 tonnes or more per year of manure must keep records for a minimum of five years. For record keeping tools, see below: These calculators 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

Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is organized under five themes. One being the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change with several programs underneath. To subscribe to CAP program updates, click here.

The purpose of the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer program is to support producers in reducing negative impacts on the environment while enhancing sustainable production, managing climate change and increasing profitability in the agriculture sector.

A current Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) will be a requirement for the Producer Program. 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.

Another program is the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Group. The purpose of the Group Program is to support extension delivery, carry out applied research, and strategically manage data (through producer groups and agricultural organizations) that improve producer understanding of key environmental practices that, when implemented, can increase market access for the producer.
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AOPA Legislation


Contacts:

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) Staff:
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) is responsible for developing and updating AOPA. The AF Agri-Environmental 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 Agri-Environmental Extension Specialists.

Ag-Info Centre
Phone: 310-FARM (3276)
Email: duke@gov.ab.ca

AF Agri-Environmental 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
Email: farmers.advocate@gov.ab.ca

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 (cfo.nrcb.ca).

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

Lethbridge:403-381-5166
Red Deer:403-340-5241
Morinville:780-939-1212

For concerns, call the toll-free, 24 hour response line: 1-866-383-6722
Email: info@nrcb.ca
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on January 21, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on June 12, 2018.