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The Normal Farm Practices Protection Board (the “NFPPB” or the “Board”) is established under the Farming and Food Production Protection Act, 1998 (the “Act”) to rule on issues pertaining to farm practices. The Act protects farmers from disturbance complaints, provided the farmer is following normal farm practices. Disturbances covered are those arising from odour, dust, flies, light, smoke, noise and vibration. The Act also protects farmers from municipal by-laws that restrict their normal farm practices.
The Act defines “normal farm practice” as a practice that:
a) is conducted in a manner consistent with proper and acceptable customs and standards as established and followed by similar agricultural operations under similar circumstances, or
b) makes use of innovative technology in a manner consistent with proper advanced farm management practices.
Ontario Ministry of Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) agricultural engineers or environmental specialists conduct conflict resolution on each complaint.
The Board office is located in the Ontario Government Building, 1 Stone Road West, 2nd Floor, Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2.
Phone: (519) 826-3433 or 1 (888) 466-2372, Ext. (519) 826-3433. Fax: (519) 826-4232
Email: NFPPB@ontario.ca. The website address www.nfppb.ca
The Board is supported by staff of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs assigned to the Tribunal. The Tribunal operates independently of the Ministry.