Resolve Your Dispute

The Agricultural Mediation Program helps resolve disputes between producers and their lenders, creditors or the USDA agencies with which they work.

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How Mediation Works

In mediation, a neutral, trained mediator sits down with the disputing parties for a conversation to find common ground to reach mutually beneficial resolutions.

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When to use mediation

When a dispute between a farmer and creditor, lender, or USDA agency can’t quickly be resolved it is a good idea to consider mediation before the issue becomes adversarial.

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Mediation Services in Michigan


Mediation Services in Florida


Mediation is available when issues arise between producers and creditors. It also is available for disputes between producers and USDA agencies over: Agricultural loans, Agricultural credit, Wetland determinations, Compliance with farm programs, including conservation programs, Crop insurance, Pesticides, Rural development loans, and other agriculture-related topics deemed appropriate by the USDA.

Mediation is Provided at No Cost to the Participants

When mediation services are employed, 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.


We want you to know that our mediation program is here for you during this difficult time and invite you to reach out to us. We are doing our part to help us all stay safe and healthy. In keeping with recommendations from federal, state and local agencies to slow the spread of covid19, our Agricultural Mediation Programs have suspended in-person mediations while stay at home orders are in place. Although our physical office address is closed, we are still processing mediation requests. The program will make every effort to provide virtual mediation services via phone or online video conference. Given the rapid developments related to covid19, this plan is subject to change. Thank you and we hope you all stay safe.