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California Agricultural Mediation Program (CALAMP)

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The California Agricultural Mediation Program (CALAMP) is the official United States Department of Agriculture certified agricultural mediation program for California. CALAMP’s services are free to the agricultural community on many issues. Mediation is a way to resolve disputes using an impartial person to assist parties negotiate their differences. For additional background information about mediation; click here.

The California Agricultural Mediation Program provides free mediation services to the agricultural community on many issues. Mediation is an informal and fast way to resolve problems and I encourage you to contact them if you need assistance. The program is certified by CDFA and USDA.” – Karen Ross, CDFA Secretary

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
  • Farm Credit/Debt Issues
  • Wetlands Determinations
  • Crop Insurance
  • Pesticide Issues
  • Other Agricultural Disputes

How Much Does Mediation Cost?

CALAMP provides free mediation services to the agricultural community in California on the issues listed above. For other agricultural issues, CALAMP will provide the mediation services free of charge when other funding sources are available. In some cases, CALAMP may ask parties to pay based on a sliding scale.

Steps in requesting mediation through CALAMP

  1. Fill out the Request for Mediation form.
  2. CALAMP staff will confirm that the other party (or parties) is willing to participate in the mediation.
  3. CALAMP staff will conduct brief confidential interviews to learn background information about the dispute.
  4. CALAMP will assign a mediator from the Agricultural Mediation Roster or CALAMP staff based on subject matter expertise, geography, and availability.
  5. The mediator will contact the parties to arrange a date, time and location for the mediation session.

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