OFA provides comments to the Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the Nutrient Management Act Further Burden Reduction Opportunities. OFA is in favour of the proposal to remove the automatic five-year expiration associated with the Agricultural Operation Planning (AOP) certificate. This will reduce the costs and training burden to farmers who prepare their own Nutrient Management Strategies and/or plans. OFA also recommends that the draft amended Protocol be made available to OFA and other agricultural organizations for review prior to finalization, to ensure that the document remains useful to the end users, which includes farmers. Additionally, OFA encourages the government to seize additional opportunities to further reduce burdens with respect to the Nutrient Management Act. OFA strongly recommends the removal of the five-year Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) cessation trigger when there have not been any substantial changes to the farm operation be included in the government’s decision.