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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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From Jennifer Jarvis, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Advisor with OMAFRA:

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) offers a range of training courses to provide information on nutrient management and the Nutrient Management Act (NMA).  These courses are now available on line!

OMAFRA’s training courses give learners the tools to safely manage nutrients while protecting the environment. Take our courses to become a government-certified Nutrient Management Planner or Consultant.

Our eLearning format allows you to learn on your own time and at your own pace. The newest eLearning course – Introduction to Nutrient Management – provides a basic understanding of nutrient management best management practices. This course will be of interest to a wider audience beyond those who require certification.

Visit the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus website for more information on in-class and online nutrient management training options.

Contact the University of Guelph Rigetown Campus for more information:

Toll Free: 1-855-648-1444         Email:  mmcdonal@uoguelph.ca

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