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May 12, 2020
By Sarah CatoU of A System Division of Agriculture
(270 words)(Newsrooms: with additional art at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNbiNo6)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Agricultural producers face many unique challenges when trying
to balance difficult decisions and important relationships. When stuck between a rock
and a hard place, agricultural mediation can offer assistance.
Agricultural mediation provides producers with a trained, impartial third party equipped
to assist in the problem-solving required for agribusinesses, while maintaining relationships
with employees, neighbors or business partners.
The National Agricultural Law Center will host a webinar discussing agricultural mediation
May 20 at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT. The webinar is free to attend and will provide an
overview of agricultural mediation, its benefits, what to expect from a mediator and
“Operating an agricultural enterprise in today’s uncertain economic climate is both
operationally challenging and personally taxing,” said Daniel Kos, Assistant Alternative
Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the New York State Unified Court System. “Mediation
has shown to be a helpful tool when making plans for the future or managing important
Kos also oversees the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program which annually
provides services in more than 750 cases. For details on this program, visit https://www.nysamp.com/.
The webinar will be presented by Kos, along with Matt Strassberg, director of the
Environmental Mediation Center, and Lucy Pauley, Coordinator of the Wyoming Agriculture
and Natural Resource Mediation Program.
“Producers and lenders continue to face some serious headwinds, and COVID-19 has created
an even tougher financial picture. In the months ahead, agricultural mediation is
one issue that will be encountered, especially in states that have mandatory agricultural
mediation requirements in their state law,” said Harrison Pittman, Director of the
NALC. “Matt, Daniel and Lucy are well-known in the ag mediation field. They understand
the particulars of agriculture mediation and the knowledge and skillsets required
to practice in this area.”
Register online for the webinar: https://bit.ly/35NhCqw.
For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/ or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.
About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.
The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers,
attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan
agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.
The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon
as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact:Sarah CatoNational Agricultural Law CenterUniversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculturesscato@uark.edu870-815-9035