Rural concerns and dispute resolution

Services for mediation and conflict resolution, formal hearing processes, nuisance complaints and information on common landowner concerns.

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Rural concerns and dispute resolution


Agricultural landowners sometimes experience conflicts that affect their business interests and rights. The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) assists rural landowners on a broad range of issues that sometimes require in-depth intervention through meetings, site visits, facilitation or mediation. The FAO has mediated on many types of issues in the past, but will not intervene if legal counsel is involved. FAO staff have taken training with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta and the Foundation of Administrative Justice.

The FAO strives for impartiality, fairness and objectivity in the consideration of issues. We will work with you to help develop a range of responsible options to resolve problems. Our goal is to identify the best available options through information sharing (transparency) and building mutual understanding between parties. Common concerns are brought to the attention of decision-makers to advocate for government policy that protects the rights and interests of rural landowners.

How it works

Find the information you need on the focus topics below or contact us directly with your questions or concerns. We can provide more information, facilitate interactions, directly intervene or advocate on your behalf. For all other inquiries, contact the Ag Info Centre.

In focus

Fair process

Appeals and reviews for AFSC, the Bee Act, the Weed Control Act, and nuisance complaints or farm safety and insurance concerns under AOPA.

Rural landowner concerns

Mediation and dispute resolution, land rental agreements, water diversion, fence line, spray drift, and other rural issues.

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Connect with the FAO:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276) (in Alberta)
Phone: 403-742-7901 (outside Alberta)
Email: [email protected] or Ask us a question online

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J.G. O'Donoghue Building
7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6

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