Complaints and Agricultural Disputes

What is mediation?

Mediation is a useful tool to address difficult conflicts:

  • Brings all the parties together
  • Facilitates the discussions
  • Helps meaningful dialogue to occur
  • Acts as a neutral third party with no decision making authority

If the mediation is successful, the parties negotiate a settlement agreement. Mediation can be a lower-cost and less stressful alternative to the court system.

Mediation can be a good fit for many types of disputes involving farms:

  • Employer-employee conflicts
  • Odor/nuisance problems
  • Trespass and property boundary issues
  • Landlord-tenant farmer conflicts
  • Farm product sales contracts
  • Irrigation water disputes
  • Family business and transition concerns

Oregon's Farm Mediation and Central Oregon Water Dispute programs

These programs provide professional mediators for agricultural and rural disputes. The hourly rate for most types of cases is $30 per party, but mediation is available at no charge for labor cases. To participate in the program, download the application form and email it to the program coordinator, or call the program coordinator for assistance. Once we receive completed applications from all parties, we will assign the case to a professional mediator.

After participating in a program:

  • More than 95% of participants said they would recommend mediation
  • More than 85% of participants indicated they were satisfied with the outcome


General Mediation Application

Application for those wanting general farm mediation. Document

Labor Mediation Application

Application for those wanting mediation on farm labor issues. Document

Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution

For concerns that fall outside the scope of PARC Website

Oregon's USDA Agricultural Mediation Program





Kathryn Walker
Special Assistant to the Director
Phone: 503-986-4558