Agricultural Mediation
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The New York State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP) provides mediation services to the state's agricultural community. Certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), NYSAMP's mediation services are available in every county in the state. This free service helps ensure that disagreements and disputes that threaten the economic success of farms can be addressed quickly and confidentially.

 

The New York State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP) provides the agricultural community with the opportunity to communicate clearly and negotiate effectively in order to find fair and workable solutions to challenges they face. Decisions are made by the people directly involved, and not by mediators or outside authorities. Mediation through NYSAMP is completely confidential. Consultations to discuss mediation and whether it might be useful in a specific situation are also confidential. 

NYSAMP partners with affiliated mediation centers in order to provide services to agricultural producers in every county of New York State. Trained and experienced mediators keep the focus on the issues and help participants to talk things out, and to explore their options, allowing them to avoid the high costs of escalating conflict and litigation. Mediation can also be quite effective at resolving underlying issues.

Mediation does not limit the option of going to court or requesting a USDA hearing, but you may be surprised how much you can get accomplished in the more relaxed and less expensive mediation setting.

Best of all, these services are available at no or low cost. 

 

What types of issues can be resolved under the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP)?
  • Loans or debts
  • Right to farm complaints
  • Neighbor complaints
  • Labor problems
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • USDA appeals (see below)
Mediation is also useful to farm families facing difficulties or planning needs involving:
  • Separation and divorce
  • Siblings/in-law out-law
  • Finance and business planning
  • Elder care and planning
  • Unpaid bills/loan restructuring
  • Small claims and credit
  • Family farm succession and transfers
The USDA has recognized the right of farmers and producers to use mediation to appeal an adverse determination such as: 
  • Agricultural loans and loan-servicing, including FSA loans
  • Rural Development loan and loan servicing, including single and multifamily housing
  • Wetland determinations
  • Grazing on national forest System lands
  • Conservation compliance
  • Crop insurance
  • Pesticide applications 
  • Other agriculture-related topics. 
 
For more information

Find your Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) 

Call the NYSAMP toll free number: (866) 669-7267

Email NYSAMP Statewide Director, Claudia Kenny at claudia@nysdra.org


Additional Resources

NYSAMPWebsite

New YorkFarmNet  

New York FarmBureau  

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets  

Cornell Cooperative Extension

USDA Offices

Farm Services Agency

Rural Development

Natural Resources Conservation Service