The New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program (NHAMP) is the official United States Department of Agriculture certified agricultural mediation program for New Hampshire. NHAMP provides free mediation services to the agricultural community to help resolve disputes before they end up in court. For background information about mediation, click here.
“The New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program offers producers, lenders and others in the agricultural community the opportunity to resolve disputes in a non-adversarial manner, which may also save the parties time and money. The mediation program’s services are free of charge. Contact Matt Strassberg to learn more about how the program can assist with resolving a wide range of agricultural conflicts or disputes.” – Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food
What Kind of Agricultural Disputes Can Be Mediated?
- Adverse Decisions from USDA agencies
- Compliance Issues with USDA Farm and Conservation Programs
- Farm and Rural Development Loans
- Wetlands Determinations
- Crop Insurance
- Pesticide Issues
- Other Agricultural Disputes
How Much Does Mediation Cost?
NHAMP provides free mediation services to the agricultural community in New Hampshire on the issues listed above. For other agricultural issues, NHAMP will provide the mediation services free of charge when other funding sources are available. In some cases, NHAMP may ask parties to pay based on a sliding scale.
Steps in requesting mediation through NHAMP
- Fill out the Request for Mediation form.
- NHAMP staff will confirm that the other party (or parties) is willing to participate in the mediation.
- NHAMP staff will conduct brief confidential interviews to learn background information about the dispute.
- NHAMP will assign a mediator from the Agricultural Mediation Roster or NHAMP staff based on subject matter expertise, geography, and availability.
- The mediator will contact the parties to arrange a date, time and location for the mediation session.