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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta inc HERALD November 1973 FARMER'S ADVOCATE By AL Herald Staff Writer Helmut a former Brooks farmer now contests unscrupulous landmen waving contracts and infringing property rights with pipelines and other paraphenalia EDMONTON The un- scrupulous landman wav- ing contracts and using lies to cheat of their land is appearing in greater numbers in southern Alberta and providing the provincial fanner's advocate with one of his biggest headaches. landman goes in and tells the farmer he can't change a contract because M is a binding government document. an outright says Helmut the man who speaks for the farmer. Since his appointment in January by Hugh minister of more than complaints have crossed his desk and a substantial portion come from the south. Many of them concern smooth- talking landmen or representatives of gas ex- ploration and drilling com- panies. agencies and oil companies are very careful.right now because they know I'm but you still run into a certain type of he says in an interview. ACTIVITY is terrific activi- ty in the south because all the pockets of gas and oil that weren't -too marketable 10 years ago now have the companies going back to look for The former Brooks area telephone lineman and director of member services for Unifarm is a specialist on farmers' sur- face rights. He is a 45-year- old immigrant from Ger-- many and as a one-time representative for a seed company has solicited contracts from farmers as well. In his new find goodwill on both Being anything but retiring or shy in his he says he goes the and that brings results companies must have good public But to recognize the Jandgrabber trying to pull a fast one he provides the following advice for is no such thing as a government document that says the proffered contract cannot be changed. com- panies make all kinds of changes at the request of the farmer and others ac- tually Some which appear to have a life of 25 years are in actuality for he adds. farmer should never waive the 48-hour waiting period to which he is entitled by law to change Iris mind after he signs. During that time he cannot be approached by anyone concerning the deal. But a crafty landman may try to seal the deal before any second thoughts arise. me prove to my company I wasn't in the beer parlour for two too far to come back from my office in two are two dodges. Language only a could understand provides another trap. When a contract refers to if those lands are not meticulously described Continued nn Pano ;