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  • Nutrient Management
    Nutrient Management Course Training Schedule

    Regulations and Protocols Course

    This course is a two day course and helps participants develop a familiarity with and establish the foundation for a working knowledge of the NMA, Regulation and Protocols, who is phased into the regulations and what the requirements are for a Nutrient Management Strategy and Nutrient Management Plan.

    The course runs from 9 am to 5 pm each day. The cost for this course is $95 for producers ($70 per person for additional members of farm or farm family) or $180 per person for non-producers ($130 per person for additional individual within organization). This course is a requirement for the certification for Nutrient Management Consultants and producers who want to do their own Strategies and Plans.

    Course Dates:

    Alfred -- February 6 and 7, 2008 (French language)

    Lindsay – February 19 and 20, 2008

    Introduction to Nutrient Management

    This course will replace Fundamentals of Nutrient Management starting in the new year. The course is two days and will focus on principles related to nutrient management practices which lead to environmental and economic sustainability. The course will discuss regulatory and best management practices relating to Nutrient Management Strategies and Nutrient Management Plans. This course is a requirement for the certification for Nutrient Management Consultants and producers who want to do their own Strategies and Plans. The cost for this course is $95 for producers ($70 per person for additional members of farm or farm family) or $180 per person for non-producers ($130 per person for additional individual within organization).

    Course Dates:

    Lindsay – March 4 and 5, 2008

    Casselman– March 18 and 19, 2008 (French Language)

    Casselman – March 26 and 27, 2008

    Note: The following will be accepted as an equivalency for the Fundamentals of Nutrient Management Course or Introduction to Nutrient Management Course for producers who want to obtain their Agricultural Operations Planning Certificate until May 1, 2008:

    1) Participation at a 3rd Edition Environmental Farm Plan course and completion of a peer reviewed Environmental Farm Plan. The producer will be required to submit a letter from their local Peer Review Committee verifying their Third Edition EFP has been deemed appropriate

    2) Pass a quiz. Quizzes can be written at OMAFRA Resource Centres. To arrange a quiz, contact the Nutrient Management Information Line (number listed below).

    How to Prepare a Nutrient Management Strategy and Plan Using NMAN

    This is a hands on course using the NMAN software to develop a Nutrient Management Strategy and Plan for a farm operation. The course will walk you through the various steps in preparing a Strategy or Plan, discuss what the different reports tell you, how to use NMAN as a record keeping tool. On the second day, the instructors will work with you in developing your own NMS/P. The cost for this course is $95 for producers ($70 per person for additional members of farm or farm family) or $180 per person for non-producers ($130 per person for additional individual within organization). This course is a requirement for Nutrient Management Consultants and a recommended course for farmers who are working towards a certificate to prepare their own NMS.

    Course Dates:

    Ottawa -- January 30 and 31, 2008

    Ottawa – March 5 and 6, 2007 (French Language)

    Nutrient Application Technician License Course

    This course is required to obtain the "Nutrient Application Technician's License. The course consists of a video and associated workbook which the participant must complete with a qualified representative.

    A qualified representative includes either an OMAFRA trainer, or an individual who holds a valid "Prescribed Materials Application Business Owners License". There are two options for taking this course.

    There are two options to taking this course. Nutrient Application Technicians will also need to write and pass a test to be licensed. An additional fee will apply to write the exam.

    Option 1 - Completed at the workplace with a qualified representative. The course materials include a Trainers Guide Manual and DVD/Video and a Participants Manual. Each participant must have a manual. The Business Owner can order these materials from the Nutrient Management Information Line (number listed below). A fee applies to these materials. Contact your Business Owner for details on training.

    Option 2 - Classroom course delivered by OMAFRA. A limited number of courses will be offered by OMAFRA on a seasonal basis. The fee for this course is $80

    Course Dates:

    Kemptville -- February 27, 2008

    Casselman – February 28, 2008 (French Language)

    Brighton -- March 4, 2008

    The course is scheduled from 9 am to 5 pm.

    For all courses please register with the Nutrient Management Information Line at 1-866-242-4460 or email: nman.omafra@ontario.ca

    Nutrient Management Act Regulation & Protocols Online Course

    Starting January 2008, the Nutrient Management Act Regulation and Protocols course will also be available online! This online course is equivalent to the in-class Nutrient Management Act Regulation and Protocols Course and is designed for farmers and nutrient management consultants. Completing this course satisfies the Regulation and Protocols course requirements for the Agricultural Operation Planning and Agricultural Operation Strategy or Plan Development Certificates.

    The course gives you an overview of the Nutrient Management Act, including key definitions and requirements of the Act, Regulation and Protocols. You are also given tools to create your own nutrient management strategy (NMS) and/or nutrient management plan (NMP).

    The course is divided into seven sections:

    1) Welcome

    2) Introduction to the Act

    3) Who Requires a Nutrient Management Strategy/Plan?

    4) Managing Manure – NMS

    5) Applying Nutrients – NMP

    6) Ongoing Management

    7) Putting it all together

    The course takes about eight hours to complete. After you complete the course, you will have unlimited access to the course to use as a resource.

    To view this course, we recommend you have a minimum 56K internet connection. Once you are connected, the course will run on the latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator or Firefox. We also recommend that you have access to a printer.

    $95 per producer ($70 for additional people from the same operation)

    $180 per non-producer ($130 for additional people from the same organization)

    To register, contact the Nutrient Management Information Line 1-866-242-4460.

    Regulatory Modernization Act Open for Public Comment

    The Ministry of Labour is leading a consultation on the Regulatory Modernization Act, 2007. The summary of the proposed Regulatory Modernization Act regulation is now available on the Environmental Registry and Regulatory Registry for public comment.

    The regulation proposal is open for public consultation for 45 days starting December 20, 2007 and ending February 03, 2008. You can find this item by using the registry number 010-2220 on the Environmental Registry.

    The Regulatory Modernization Act, 2007 (RMA) will enable regulatory ministries and other provincial regulators to better protect the public interest by providing them with the tools to:

    • use and share information more effectively, achieve new levels of cooperation and target compliance efforts where they count

    • assist the regulated community to meet its compliance obligations

    • reduce duplication in compliance activities, such as information collection, to minimize the administrative burden on the business community.

    The Inspections, Investigations & Enforcement Secretariat of the Ministry of Labour will distribute all comments received as a result of the public consultation to the appropriate ministries contacts for their consideration prior to the finalization of the draft regulation.

    For more information about the Regulatory Modernization Act, 2007, visit: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/news/2006/06-25s.html and for more infomation on the consultation: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/about/leg/rma_notice.html

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