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Province tightens rules in


ALR Second round of legislation expected in the new year


by PETER MITHAM VICTORIA – BC agriculture minister


Lana Popham has taken aim at land use in the first of a series of amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act. Popham introduced legislation


November 5 that places the Agricultural Land Reserve under a single zone, eliminating the two zones established in 2014. It also enshrines in legislation guidelines for residential construction in the ALR, limiting new homes to 5,400 square feet (save where the ALC believes there’s a net benefit to farming). A third element addresses illegal fill


activities within the ALR, which the province says has increased


See ALR on next page o Ag waste reg “nearly” done


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Ministry of Environment plans to implement the new agricultural waste control regulation over several years, the ministry’s clean technologies director Chris Jenkins and hazardous waste senior policy specialist Mike Schwalb told the Mainland Milk Producers Association at its fall meeting in Abbotsford, October 24.


Review of the regulation,


originally adopted in 1992 and last amended in 2008,


began in October 2009. Jenkins told producers the new regulation aim for better clarity and enforceability, protect high-risk areas and better fit modern agricultural practices. She said the amendments are “nearly finished” and she expects them to come into force in February.


Nutrient management plans (NMPs) are a key component of the new regulation but they will be phased in over time. “Farmers in the Hullcar


Valley will need to create and


implement them right away; other livestock and poultry producers will need them starting in 2021 and all other farmers will have to have them in 2024,” Schwalb said. Initially, the NMPs will only cover nitrates but


phosphorus will be added starting in 2025. Farmers located above


aquifers will have to do both post-harvest nitrate and phosphorus soil testing every one to three years, Schwalb said. Those requirements will


See WASTE on next page o DECEMBER 2018 | Vol. 104 No. 12


Farming isn’t what it used to be. A residential development turned what was once productive hayland into a drainage nightmare for Maple Ridge farmers Steve, left, and John Wynnyk. The land commission says it’s viable once the city makes good on promises to fix the drainage. But the brothers have had enough. Their story is on page 16. RONDA PAYNE PHOTO


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