The Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program (VTAMP) is the official United States Department of Agriculture certified agricultural mediation program for Vermont. VTAMP 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.
“VTAMP is a valued and trusted resource that helps the agricultural community in Vermont resolve disputes. Over the past several years VTAMP has helped hundreds of farmers, lenders, and others in the agricultural community reach agreements and get back to work. I urge you to contact them if you need assistance concerning a dispute.” – Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture
What Kinds 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?
VTAMP provides free mediation services to the agricultural community in Vermont on the issues listed above. For other agricultural issues, VTAMP will provide the mediation services free of charge when other funding sources are available. In some cases, VTAMP may ask parties to pay based on a sliding scale.
Steps in requesting mediation through VTAMP
- Fill out the Request for Mediation form.
- VTAMP staff will confirm that the other party (or parties) is willing to participate in the mediation.
- VTAMP staff will conduct brief confidential interviews to learn background information about the dispute.
- VTAMP will assign a mediator from the Agricultural Mediation Roster or VTAMP 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.