Farmers and ranchers who experience conflicts with government or other agri-business owners may contact the Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO) to help resolve the dispute. The FAO has mediated on a broad range 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 for Tribunal Administrative Justice.
Agricultural Operation Practices Act (Part 1 - Nuisance)
Under Part 1 of the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA), an appointed panel can review complaints related to agricultural odour, dust, noise, and smoke. The panel's practices and procedures of the appointed are available for review at: Practice Review Committee: Practices and Procedures. For more general information on AOPA, please review the Agricultural Operation Practices Act Reference Guide.
Review of Crop Insurance Appeal
Upon request, the FAO will conduct appeals for Agricultural Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) on disputed crop insurance claims.
- Law Society of Alberta
- Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA)
- Civil Claim Forms
- A Practical Guide to Navigating Grain Contracts - Canadian Canola Growers Association (PDF, 2.2 MB)
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