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Don’t be fooled by false promises

The Farmers’ Advocate Office is hearing concerns about negotiation practices on utility projects, transmission lines, and pipelines.

“One of the frustrations we’ve been hearing from landowners is that some have been given the impression that the company will come back and ‘top off’ compensation if another landowner along the same route negotiates at a higher rate,” said FAO official Jeana Schuurman. “This may just simply be a tactic used by the company to avoid delays in securing the agreements.”

There is no legal obligation to “top off” compensation and “each contract is valid from the day it is signed,” she said.

For more info, call 310-FARM or email [email protected].

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