Confined Feeding Operations


The 2008 Agricultural Operation Practices Act Reference Guide provides agricultural operations in Alberta with information on:

  • How the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) applies to various agricultural operations that handle manure.
  • The requirements and regulations under AOPA that deal with siting; manure storage, collection and application; feeding and bedding sites; livestock corrals; soil testing and analysis; and record keeping.
  • The issues related to ongoing compliance and enforcement.

Copies of this guide are available at all NRCB field offices.

The NRCB has also prepared guides to help livestock operators with permit applications under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA).

  • The "NRCB Application Process" provides an overview of the AOPA application process, and
  • "How to Complete the AOPA Application Form" provides information and examples to help livestock operators complete the application forms. This guide is divided into sections that accompany the Part 1 and Part 2 application forms. 

These guides are available online (below) and at all NRCB field offices.

If you have any questions about the guides or completing the permit applications, please contact an approval officer at an NRCB field office nearest you.

Technical Guidelines

NRCB issues technical guidelines to provide clarification and direction to NRCB staff and the industry regarding the practical and technical aspects of implementing the Agricultural Operation Practices Act and its regulations. Further technical guidelines are being developed by the Technical Advisory Group and will be made available on this website when finalized.

Environmental Risk Screening Tool for Manure Facilities at Confined Feeding Operations  

The Environmental Risk Screening Tool for Manure Facilities at Confined Feeding Operations was developed to assist NRCB staff in making consistent and transparent decisions that were based on environmental risk. The NRCB has always assessed risk as part of its review of applications and its complaint response as required under AOPA. The tool does not replace the legislated requirements of AOPA. The tool is being used to determine environmental risk when applications are considered, when responding to complaints and in other instances, where risk needs to be determined. 

Water Well Exemption Screening Tool

The water well exemption screening tool was developed to help approval officers determine whether to exempt the AOPA requirement that water wells must be located at least 100 metres away from a manure storage facility.

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