An NMS sets out an environmentally acceptable method for managing all prescribed materials generated at an agricultural operation by ensuring that there is sufficient safe storage or a plan for where the nutrients will be land applied or transferred to another farm operation. It is required by regulation if the agricultural operation is phased-in.
An NMP is intended to optimize the relationship between land application of nutrients, farm management techniques and crop uptake of nutrients while minimizing the environmental impact.
A NASM Plan is a NMP for the management of non-agricultural source materials (NASM) that may be applied or stored. A NASM Plan focuses on application of non-agricultural source materials to specific fields for specific crops. A NASM Plan may also include storage information, if applicable.
An agricultural operation is considered phased-in and required to follow the Nutrient Management legislation if any one of the following conditions is met: