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Farm mediation resources available

INDIANAPOLIS — Farmers facing financial disputes may be able to find free or low-cost mediation help in Indiana.

Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Mediation Program provide mediation services to farmers, their lenders and others affected by the actions of some USDA agencies.

Mediation involves a trained, third-party person to help both parties review the conflict, identify options and agree on solutions.

“There are 42 state agricultural mediation programs,” said John Durling, outreach coordinator at Michigan Agricultural Mediation Program.

“These are certified by the governor or a designated state agency chief. They are funded through the USDA grants and other sources.”

Covered dispute types are eligible for free or reduced cost services through the state-certified mediation program.

Covered issues may include:

• Wetlands determinations.

• Compliance with farm programs, including conservation programs.

• Agricultural loans, either guaranteed by the USDA or a third party.

• Rural Water loan programs, rural housing loans, rural housing business loans.

• Grazing on national forest system lands.

• Pesticides.

• USDA crop insurance programs.

• Other issues considered appropriate by the secretary.

The Coalition of Agriculture Remediation Programs provides current, relevant information on the programs. Services are continuing virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more at www.agriculturemediation.org.

For More Information

Who: Indiana Agricultural Mediation Program, Rural Services of Indiana Inc.

Contact: Roslyn Amor

E-mail: ramor@comcast.net

Phone: 574-299-9640 or 574-299-9648

Fax: 574-299-9666

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