Phosphorus assessment data transmission
The Phosphorus Report is an inventory of both produced and imported
phosphorus loads and the capacity of soils to handle these loads in
compliance with the maximum annual phosphorus deposits prescribed in the
Agricultural Operations Regulation. The report allows for checking the
balance between phosphorus added and the maximal deposit capacity in order
to avoid surplus phosphorus finding its way into waterways and degrading the
water quality, particularly through the proliferation
Agricultural producers that are required to maintain a phosphorus report must submit it no lather than May 15th of each year to the Ministère. The report must be made on the Ministère-supplied electronic form (French, Excel, 557 KB). Moreover, producers must immediately advise the Ministère and their agronomist of any change in report data. A report update must then be submitted within 30 days.
Information contained in the Phosphorus Report will also be used in applying environmental cross-compliance. Indeed, compliance with the regulatory requirement to produce and submit a balanced phosphorus report to the Ministère no later than May 15th of each year has been selected as a measure of eligibility for certain programs by the Financière agricole du Québec and the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ).
A simple step
The Ministère has taken the steps required to assist agronomists and facilitate the preparation and online filing of the Phosphorus Report. A helpful new electronic service is now available to submit the report. The existing form has been simplified and integrated into the most commonly used agronomy softwares to facilitate electronic filing.
The producer number is the key to filing reports electronically, while the producer location number is required to fill out the phosphorous report. A procedure has therefore been set up to enable agronomists to obtain these numbers and/or locations:
Procedure for declaring changes pertaining to livestock and/or areas in cultivation – Required to report/No longer required to report
Did agricultural operation changes take place that may make the producer at the location subject or no longer subject to the obligation to prepare and file a phosphorus report? Was the farm bought, sold or leased? A form (French, Word, 167 KB) is available to producers and agronomists for declaring important parameters such as livestock details and areas in cultivation as well as the rearing, purchase or leasing start/end dates.
A secure process
Submitting the Phosphorus Report through the Internet is secure using the clicSÉQUR authentication system developed by the ministère du Revenu. This system authenticates the agronomists that submit electronically. Naturally, users must first register on the clicSÉQUR system.
A form and a user guide
Environmental cross-compliance in farm support programs: Financial Assistance Linked to Compliance with Environmental Requirements
Environmental cross-compliance in farm support programs is a mechanism by which farm income assistance is linked to compliance with environmental requirements. Under this mechanism, farmers must meet certain conditions to fully benefit from the financial support programs to which they are eligible. For more information, you can consult our web section on cross-compliance (French).