What's New at the Farmers' Advocate Office?

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  • Approximately 10% of minerals in Alberta are privately owned by individuals or corporations. The FAO recommends that freehold mineral owners obtain legal advice when signing a new contract or interpreting an existing contract. Click here for more information.
  • Landowners with oil, gas, and utility tenants are often concerned about the spread of clubroot. More information is available here.
  • How are sand and gravel pits regulated in Alberta? We have created a resource to help landowners better understand the role of provincial and municipal governments. Click here for more information.
  • Those who participate in the conservation cropping carbon offset should be aware that they must now register with an aggregator prior to May 1, 2018 in order to claim 2018 carbon offset credits. More information is available here.
  • Who should I contact? Who has jurisdiction? This quick reference sheet is designed to help rural Albertans navigate rural issues.
  • Our annual report for 2016-17 has been provided to the Minister of Agriculture. To learn more about what we worked on in 2016-17, please click here.
  • As of April 1, 2018, the Alberta Ombudsman mandate will expand to include municipal decisions. Click here for more.
  • Landowners affected by the Lexin bankruptcy are receiving correspondence from the trustee regarding Proof of Claim forms. Landowners are encouraged to review this update.
  • The fall newsletter from the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) is available here.
  • The Alberta Surface Rights Federation is an independent landowner-led group focussing on matters related to surface rights and energy development. Their annual general meeting will be held on November 17, 2017 in Camrose, AB. The Farmers' Advocate, Peter J. Dobbie Q.C., will be speaking at the event. Here is the agenda.
  • In July 2017, the federal Department of Finance released a consultation paper entitled Tax Planning Using Private Corporations. Click here for more information.
  • Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has released dates for the fall 2017 Working Well Workshops. These are a great (and free!) resource for anyone hoping to better understand their water well. Click here for dates.
  • What are my fencing obligations? Information for cattle owners in Alberta: click here.
  • An updated version of Negotiating Renewable Energy Leases (now entitled Renewable Energy in Alberta) is available here.
  • More information on refunds for landowners mistakenly charged for the electrification of oil and gas surface leases belonging to insolvent oil and gas companies. Click here for more.
  • Weed control on Lexin sites may be handled by the Orphan Well Association or a Working Interest Participant. Click here for more.
  • The Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) has released its report "Forward, Together." Click here for more.
  • Bill 27, the Renewable Electricity Act, was proclaimed on March 21, 2017 and comes into force on March 31, 2017. This Act amends the Environmental Enhancement and Protection Act to include wind and solar leases as "activities." Click here to see the Order in Council.
  • If you are facing challenges in meet your financing obligations, we recommend contacting the Farm Debt Mediation Service. This is a free service that brings together farmers with their creditors to find solutions for their operation.
  • A warning about companies promising to "top off" compensation for pipelines, utilities, and transmission lines if a higher amount is negotiated somewhere else along the route. They are under no legislated obligation to do so. Click here for more information.
  • The FAO is pleased to launch our newest publication Negotiating Renewable Energy Leases. This publication explores various aspects of the negotiation a wind or solar lease including access, impacts, compensation, damages, and reclamation/decommissioning. Note that this is intended for landowners who a leasing land to a developer for generating electricity that will be tied into the grid; it is not designed for farmers who are installing wind or solar generation for their own personal use.
  • The federal Minister of Natural Resources has established an expert panel to review of the National Energy Board's (NEB) structure, role and mandate under the National Energy Board Act. Part of the engagement proces,they have released several discussion papers, including one on Land Acquisition and Compensation
  • If you are looking for more information on the Growing Forward 2 grants for on-farm micro-generation solar projects, more information is available here.
  • The FAO has created a document to help Albertan landowners better understand the life cycle of an energy development. The Life Cycle of an Energy Development flowchart walks landowners through the process, starting with geophysical exploration, and then moving through the licensing, compensation, and reclamation.
  • The FAO is asking Albertan farmers and ranchers to check their electricity bills, as some landowners have received electrification charges for insolvent energy sites. Click here to read the advisory.
  • The old "Seismic Operations & Landowners' Rights" has been updated and is now "Geophysical Exploration & Landowners' Rights." Document can be viewed online here.
  • Don't miss an update. The FAO now has an email distribution list. You can sign up by clicking here. Make sure you click the link in the email confirmation to activate the subscription.
  • The government is consulting with farmers and ranchers to develop detailed safety regulations to reflect the unique aspects of the agriculture industry. Farm and Ranch Safety 2016

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This information published to the web on April 13, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 18, 2018.