Lawsuits are not the only way to solve legal disputes. I recommend that folks in the agriculture industry first consider alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. The New York State Agricultural Mediation Program (“NYSAMP”) gives folks a cheaper alternative to litigation. NYSAMP offers mediations throughout the state at the Community Dispute Resolution Center (“CDRC”) at either a free or a very low cost.
So what is mediation?
The parties to the dispute sit down with a trained mediator to help create a solution. The objective mediator is present to help guide the parties through the settlement process. The parties ultimately decide whether a settlement is reached. Mediation can vary in length of time — from a few hours to a few weeks.
The New York State Agricultural Mediation Program handles a myriad of ag issues (e.g., matrimonial, landlord/tenant, contracts, nuisance, farm labor, loans/debts). And it works. According to Charlottee Carter, the Statewide Program Director, “over 85 percent of NYSAMP mediations result in agreements.”
For more information call 866/669.7267 or visit the website a www.nysamp.com. You can also contact your local NYSAMP affiliate.
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