Rural landowners often have questions or require assistance on any number of issues related to the management and stewardship of privately owned land and assets in Alberta. The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is a resource for landowners and we work directly with our stakeholders by providing information and guidance on the policies, legislation or regulations from all levels of government that apply to their concerns.
Contact information for various agencies, organizations or government ministries can be found on our publication:
It is important for landowners to understand that all activities that may alter the flow or cause siltation of water require authorization from Alberta Environment and Protected Areas prior to commencing. This includes activities such as ditching, infilling, stripping/scraping, tilling, or draining. Issues regarding surface water management and compliance or enforcement under the Water Act and the Alberta wetland policy are referred to Environment and Protected Areas. For more information:
If you are considering constructing or upgrading a dugout, an Agricultural Water Specialists can assist you with planning and development to ensure you are meeting requirements associated with the diversion of water for your household and operations. They can be reached at 780-427-3770.
For questions about your water well, refer to the FAO Water Well Restoration or Replacement Program where you can find informative publications and guides on planning and managing your well system.
Fencing and livestock
Fence line locations can sometimes lead to misunderstandings or conflicts between adjacent landowners. The Line Fence Act sets out the responsibilities of landowners when erecting livestock fencing along property boundaries. To better understand these responsibilities, see:
If issues or conflicts do arise, the first step toward resolution is always to speak with the adjacent landowner(s). If conflicts cannot be resolved, the Agriculture Inspection and Investigation Section (IIS) can be contacted at 1-866-252-6403.
Unharvested crops or stored feed damaged by wildlife may be eligible for compensation under the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. Contact Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) as soon as possible after damage is detected to request an inspection.
At certain times of year, the FAO receives numerous calls about spray drift from agricultural operations. For information on what to do if you have concerns about spray drift and the responsibilities associated with pesticide and herbicide application, see:
Rental, lease and other agreements
Agricultural land rental or lease is common in Alberta. The FAO recommends that agreements involving rental or lease of crop or pasture land are in writing and reviewed by legal representatives for each party. For more detailed information on what to include in your agreement, see:
Contracts and relationships with agri-business companies can be complicated. Be sure to understand the terms of any contract before you sign. Contact the FAO for advice on understanding and negotiating grain marketing contracts, or read the Canadian Canola Growers Association’s:
- Practical Guide to Navigate Grain Contracts (PDF, 2.3 MB)
Other FAO publications
Stay informed with advisories from the Farmers’ Advocate Office.
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
J.G. O'Donoghue Building
7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6
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