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“Engaging With Your Municipality” offers an overview for rural landowners to help better understand the municipal process.

Where to turn for help when dealing with local government

The Farmers’ Advocate Office has a new publication to help Albertans better understand municipal processes relating to development permits, subdivision applications, appeals, property assessments, and petitions. “Engaging With Your Municipality provides a plain language overview of what rural landowners might want to know if they are preparing for an appeal and some of the tips […] Read more


If a company wants to erect a cell tower or some other communications tower, it’s generally a private matter between it and the landowner.

Communications towers a private matter for landowners

Landowners have the right to say no to communications towers, which include cellular, wireless internet, and oil/gas communications towers. “Many landowners assume that communications towers fall under the Alberta Surface Rights Act,” said Jeana Schuurman, rural engagement and communications specialist with the Farmers’ Advocate Office. “Communications towers are actually federally regulated by Innovation, Science and […] Read more

Get advice on renewable energy leases

The Farmers’ Advocate Office has released an updated guide for landowners who have been approached by renewable energy developers to lease land for wind and solar developments. The first version of the guide, called Renewable Energy in Alberta, only came out in February but has been revised following a series of presentations to landowners across […] Read more


Can producers make money as solar power providers?

The province is currently consulting stakeholders on a framework that could help farmers do this

In many places, farmers are allowed to turn a profit by tying their solar power systems into the electrical grid. Albertans can export solar electricity to the grid — but there are currently no programs allowing system sizes larger than those that meet on-site electrical requirements. “Alberta’s micro-generation law was crafted for homeowners, business owners, […] Read more

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 […] Read more


The lowdown on solar and wind leases

The Farmers’ Advocate Office has released a new publication titled Negotiating Renewable Energy Leases. “The FAO has been seeing an increase in the number of calls about negotiating wind and solar leases,” said spokesperson Jeana Schuurman. The publication covers some key differences between wind and solar leases and those for oil and gas. Since wind […] Read more

Some landowners wrongly billed for power

The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is warning landowners to watch their electricity bills if they have surface leases with insolvent companies. EPCOR has collected payment from landowners for providing three-phase electric power to a surface lease after an oil and gas company became insolvent. The company relied on a clause in its service agreement where […] Read more


Landowners’ rights and exploration

The Farmers’ Advocate Office has updated one of its key publications to help landowners understand their rights relating to geophysical exploration. Geophysical Exploration and Landowners’ Rights answers the five most common questions about geophysical exploration, including whether landowners can refuse permission for exploration on their land. (They can.) It also explains the notification process and […] Read more