Government of New Brunswick

Overview

Under the authority of the Agricultural Producers Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, a voluntary Farm Business Registry has been created. The register has been put in place to address the issue of stable funding for general farm organizations.

Eligibility

Agricultural producers operating a farm business within the meaning of the federal Income Tax Act, or start-up operations following a management plan approved by the Minister, are eligible to register. Eligible agricultural producers who have applied for registration and paid the appropriate fee will receive a Registered Professional Agricultural Producers (RPAP) number which is required to access the following provincial programs: Farmer’s Purchaser’s Permits and Farm license plates.

Description

To provide a long-term, stable source of funding for accredited general farm organizations in New Brunswick, a voluntary Register of Farm Businesses has been created under the authority of the Agricultural Producers Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act. Eligible agricultural producers may register their farming operations by completing an application form and paying the prescribed fee. Applications can be submitted online, over the phone, dropped off in person or mailed. All fees collected will be forwarded to the accredited general farm organizations for operational funding purposes.

By registering their farming operations, agricultural producers will receive a Registered Professional Agricultural Producer (RPAP) number for their farm business. They will be eligible for membership in one of the two accredited general farm organizations: the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick or the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick. Since 2007, the RPAP number has been required to access the following provincial programs:
• Farmer Purchaser’s Permit to purchase tax exempt motive fuel; and
• Farm license plates and related gasoline and motive fuel tax refunds.

Since the fall of 2012, the Farm Business Registration form has also been used to apply for the Farmer Purchaser’s Permit. Just check the “Yes” box in Section 6 of the registration form and submit the Farmer Purchaser’s Permit Annual Report, either at the same time or within two months. The RPAP letter of confirmation will then have a “P” added for permit holders, and will function for both programs. As of October 31st 2013, the registration and purchaser’s permit of all RPAP members expire on the same date, i.e. October 31st each year.

For more information, please contact the Registrar of Farms at 1-506-444-2848 or registraroffarms@gnb.ca.

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
Fee payable based on the annual gross income of the farming operation
  $1 - $49,999 150.002007-12-01
  $50,000 - $149,999 225.002007-12-01
  $150,000 - $249,999 325.002007-12-01
  $250,000 - $499,999 400.002007-12-01
  $500,000 or more 500.002007-12-01