Archive for February, 2015

If you missed us at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention this week check out our website.  Lots of great resources available including these updated business publications. To get a copy go to ontario.ca/bzt1 or visit the OMAFRA Resource Centre near you.
2015 Field Crop Budgets Publication 60
Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers
Ontario Farm Record Book (cost $20)

Lease Agreements:
Flexible Cash Leases
Crop Share Leases
Pasture Leases
Farm Equipment
Leasing Farm Buildings
Land Leases



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On January 1, 2015, the Greenhouse Nutrient Feedwater (GNF) Regulation (Ontario Regulation 300/14), part of the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 (NMA), administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), came into effect. The regulation provides greenhouse operators with another option to effectively deal with GNF, and allows farmers to apply GNF to agricultural land as a source of nutrients for crops. Greenhouse operations can choose to register their operation under the regulation if they want to generate GNF for land application.

Greenhouse operations may need a GNF Strategy if they want to manage their GNF under the regulation. Farmers may need a GNF Plan and a Land Application Schedule before they can apply GNF to agricultural land. These documents need to be prepared by someone that meets the requirements set out in the regulation.

Current Agricultural Operation Strategy or Plan Development Certificate holders, certified under the NMA, must take GNF training in order to develop GNF strategies, plans and land application schedules. People wishing to transport GNF as a third party must take the training required under the GNF Regulation. People who want to land apply GNF as a third party must be certified under the NMA through both a Prescribed Materials Application Business Licence and a Nutrient Application Technician Licence.

We are developing GNF training and information sessions for nutrient management consultants, land applicators, transporters and greenhouse operations. The training will:
• help learners understand the new regulation
• build on the knowledge learned through OMAFRA’s other nutrient management courses
• provide skills and knowledge to safely store, transport and land apply GNF

Visit the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus’s website for training information and updates for licence and certificate holders and for information on other nutrient management training opportunities.

For more information on the regulation, see the OMAFRA GNF web page, or contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

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