How Mediation Works
In mediation, producers, creditors or USDA agency representatives that have a disagreement sit down together for a conversation. They identify the issues that need to be resolved and brainstorm possible solutions. When they find a solution they all can agree upon, they sign a written agreement.
The participants are aided by a neutral mediator trained in USDA issues and skilled at fostering productive discussions.The mediator ensures that all participants have the opportunity for input so that all involved are heard.
- Speedy and flexible
- Provided at no cost to participants
- Successful most of the time