Agricultural Mediation

The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (MAMP) is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Mediation Program. Mediation provides alternative dispute resolution through mediation to agricultural producers, their lenders, and others directly affect by the actions of certain USDA agencies. In 2019, mediation can be accessed to address issues related to farm transfer.

Mediation can help farmers and USDA agencies work through issues involving: farm and conservation programs, rural water loan programs, wetland determinations, grazing on national forest system lands, pesticides, rural house and business loans, and crop insurance.

This grant is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Cases covered by the grants include:

  • agricultural loans, whether made by USDA or commercial lenders

  • disputes involving USDA actions on farm and conservation programs

  • wetland determinations

  • rural water loan programs

  • grazing on national forest system lands

  • pesticides

  • rural housing

  • farm neighbor issues

  • business loans

  • family farm transition

  • lease issues, including land and equipment leases

  • the National Organic Program as established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990

How Mediation works

Unlike a judge or arbitrator, the mediator has no decision-making authority and is present to help participants discuss and explore their issues in a useful, non-confrontational manner. Successful mediation is based on the cooperation and involvement of all participants.

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Mediation is voluntary and can be accomplished in one meeting or may take several sessions, depending on the complexity of the issues and the number of participants. If an agreement is not reached, the case is closed and all parties remain free to pursue other available administrative appeals and/or legal action.

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For more information or to request a mediation, visit the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program website.

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