Alta. FAO names new equipment expert

One of the founders of DeerStar Systems has joined Alberta’s provincial Farmers’ Advocate Office as its farm implement inspector.

Robert Martin, in his new position with the FAO, is to address farmers’ questions and concerns regarding farm equipment purchases and matters such as leases, parts availability and warranties.

Martin owned and operated a grain farm in central Saskatchewan for 15 years and became a founding partner in DeerStar Systems, a Stettler, Alta.-based firm dealing strictly in sales and distribution of John Deere spraying equipment throughout a provincewide network.

Martin, who has an agriculture diploma from the University of Saskatchewan, worked with fertilizer and chemical application equipment across Western Canada for over 18 years and also worked as corporate equipment manager for Winnipeg grain company Agricore United, later absorbed into Viterra.

Alberta’s FAO is an advocacy office for rural Albertans dealing with issues of consumer protection, rural opportunities and fair process. It also administers the province’s Farm Implement Act, which governs warranty, parts availability and licensing provisions. It’s also meant to help landowners in their dealings with the energy industry.

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