Nutrient Management Strategies (NMS)
When you build a livestock barn, manure storage or perform certain renovations that require a building permit, an NMS approval is required to obtain the building permit.
Any new building project at a farm that includes livestock housing or manure storage facilities must first have an OMAFRA approved NMS. The municipality will only issue a building permit once the Record of Approval for the NMS has been submitted.
A new liquid manure storage will require an approved NMS and a site site characterization study. The study will include soil core sampling to determine the soil characteristics below the proposed manure storage.
A site characterization study is required under the NMA prior to the construction or expansion of any of the following permanent manure storage facilities (OMAFRA):
Find the nutrient units here.
Nutrient Management Plans (NMP)
An NMP is required when manure production exceeds 300 nutrient units annually and the purpose is to maximize the utilization of nutrients for plant growth while reducing the potential for nutrient loading and environmental losses.
A certified nutrient management planner can play a big role in making sure farms are following approved practices.