Mediation is a useful tool to address difficult conflicts. A professional mediator brings all the parties together, facilitates the discussions, and helps meaningful dialogue to occur. The mediator acts as a neutral third party with no decisionmaking 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. In court, one party wins, the other loses, and the judge or jury decide. In mediation, the mediator works with the parties to develop an agreement that each can live with.
Mediation can be a good fit for many types of disputes involving farms. The following are just a few examples of issues that could be resolved through mediation.
- 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