Overview

The Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO) was originally established by Alberta Agriculture in 1973 to be a resource for Alberta farmers and ranchers. Today, the FAO continues to serve rural Albertans through:

Consumer protection

Administration of the Farm Implement Act and the Farm Implement Regulation which provide consumer protection through warranty, parts availability and licensing provisions, including inspection to assist in Farm Implement Board proceedings.

Rural opportunity

Rural opportunity is realized through assisting landowners with managing their land asset, mitigating business risk and maximizing future economic opportunity as it relates to interaction with the energy industry.

Fair process

Fair process is facilitated through the development and implementation of peer oriented appeal processes.

Farmers’ Advocate Office flow chart

What’s new

On January 18, 2019 the FAO released an Advisory regarding the Surface Rights Board's "Condition of Leased Area Form."

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Landowner rights

The FAO is a resource for farmers and ranchers who are affected by energy and utility developments. The FAO helps empower Alberta landowners with knowledge by providing information and advice on legislation and policy, and landowner rights and responsibilities. When disputes arise between landowners and industry, the FAO can assist with mediation and dispute resolution services.

We also manage the Well Water Restoration or Replacement Program under this section.

Click here for the WWRRP application form.

Rural disputes

Farmers and ranchers who experience conflicts with other individuals, government, or agri-businesses may contact the FAO to help resolve the dispute. The FAO has mediated on a broad range of issues in the past. We will not intervene if legal counsel is involved.

The following programs are managed under this section:

  • Nuisance Complaints under Part 1 of the Agricultural Operation Practices Act
  • Review of Agricultural Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) Agri-Insurance and Agri-Stability Decisions

Farm implements

The Farm Implement Act and Farm Implement Dealerships Act were created to help protect the investment that farmers make in their machinery.

FAO staff, the Farm Implement Inspector, and Farm Implement Board help farmers by settling warranty complaints, mediating disputes, and providing assistance in situations where machinery does not perform or lease / sale agreements are breached.

The FAO also handles licensing for all Alberta farm implement dealers and distributors.

Advocacy

The FAO helps bridge the gap between rural Alberta and the provincial government, bringing the concerns of rural landowners to decision-makers, and advocating for legislative and policy change on behalf of the rural community.

About the Farmers’ Advocate of Alberta – Peter J. Dobbie, Q.C.

Peter J. Dobbie, Q.C., was appointed as the Farmers’ Advocate for Alberta in April, 2012 bringing to the position many years of relevant experience as a lawyer and resident of rural Alberta. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.

For more than 20 years, Peter was a Vegreville based partner in a large Alberta law firm and carried on the practice of law advising farmers and agribusinesses in financing, purchase, sale, leasing, surface rights, dispute resolution, succession planning and estate administration matters, giving him direct knowledge of and experience with agricultural issues and challenges and related laws and regulations. He has authored and presented several articles and seminars on agricultural law related topics for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.

A very involved parent and citizen, Peter also has many years of experience as a volunteer with organizations including the Rotary Club of Vegreville, the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development Board and as a Commission Member on the 2009 -10 Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission.

Annual FAO reports

2017-18 Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report

2015-16 Annual Report

2014-15 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report

Compensation Disclosure

Public sector bodies are required to disclose the compensation and severance paid to eligible employees and board members. Public Sector Body Compensation Disclosure

Contact

To connect with the Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO):

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 310-FARM (3276)
Fax: 780-427-3913
Email: farmers.advocate@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO)
Suite 100, 7000 113 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6

Staff at the FAO:
Farmers' Advocate of Alberta: Peter Dobbie
Assistant Farmers' Advocate: Janet Patriquin
Energy, Utilities, and Policy Specialist: Michele Del Colle
Rural Engagement Specialist: Anna Kauffman
Farm Implement Inspector Administration and Inquiries: Janet Patriquin
Appeals and Hearings Coordinator: Brenda Tangen
Administrative Coordinator: Roseline Soparlo