Environmental Issues in Agriculture Seminars in Langley, Calgary, Regina and Guelph

February 19, 2014 | Jennifer Spencer

Environmental Issues in Agriculture Seminars

Miller Thomson is pleased to invite you to one of our upcoming complimentary breakfast seminars on Environmental Issues in Agriculture:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Regina, SK
Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Calgary, AB
Friday, March 14, 2014 in Langley, BC
Friday, March 28, 2014 in Guelph, ON

Lawyers from our national Agribusiness & Food and Environmental groups will discuss:

Manure Law: Regulatory Control over Nutrient Management
Provincial governments across Canada have enacted regulatory schemes to control the storage and management of manures and other nutrients, in an attempt to balance environmental responsibilities with the realities of agricultural production. This session will briefly canvass the regulatory landscape across the country and then focus on nutrient management issues in agriculture, including waste management.

Air Emissions Issues
Ambient air quality regulations have far reaching implications for businesses. Odour, emissions, and dust all create potential conflict between businesses and their neighbours. Get an update on regulation in this area, a review of regional air emission initiatives and air quality bylaws. Also, get some pointers on the do’s and don’ts for application for and compliance with air quality permits.

Fisheries Act Challenges
One environmental challenge often faced (or forgotten about) is working in and around streams. In particular, it is keeping on the right side of fisheries protection laws that not only protect the fish and fish streams but also any other areas on which they depend. This means that even dry streams, human made drainage ditches and land and trees (riparian areas) near water courses may be protected. How do agricultural operations manage these risks and avoid running afoul of the these laws; and what do the recent changes to the federal Fisheries Act mean?

Right to Farm Legislation
Farming operations can run into conflict with neighbors who complain about air pollution, odours, noise pollution, and other nuisances. Right to Farm legislation provides farmers with tools to carry on their normal farm practices in the face of such complaints. Find out more about what Right to Farm legislation is, and whether it applies to your operations.

Questions? Contact Katherine Chan at kchan@millerthomson.com or 604.628.2905.

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