NRCB provisions for confined feeding of cow-calf herds during drought conditions

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What We Do

The NRCB is responsible for reviews of proposed major natural resource projects under the Natural Resources Conservation Board Act (NRCBA), and for the regulation of confined feeding operations (CFOs) in Alberta under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA).


The Board is responsible for quasi-judicial reviews under the Natural Resources Conservation Board Act, appeals under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act, and governance. The Board has a chair and two members. Acting Board members provide support to the Board in times of increased activity.

Members of the Board are recruited by open competition and are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council for terms that do not exceed five years.


Led by the chief executive officer, the operational divisions deliver the ongoing regulation of confined feeding operations under the AOPA and provide scientific, technical, communications, and corporate support for Board hearings and reviews under both the NRCBA and AOPA. Operations also develops policy and programs to support delivery of the act through consultation with the Policy Advisory Group, a multi-stakeholder advisory body with representation from the livestock industry, rural and urban municipalities, the environmental non-government sector, and government.