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agricultural

The Fulcrum Institute DRC serves as the provider of state wide agricultural mediation services for the states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana through the USDA certified mediation program.  Each year, producers are provided the opportunity to select mediation as one approach to resolving conflicts with the Farm Service Agency, NRCS, Rural Resources, the U.S. Agriculture Department, and the Forest Service.  Additionally, Fulcrum employees provide valuable training services to those entities through the annual contractual arrangements. 

What Is Mediation?

When two disputing parties need to resolve an issue they may call on a mediator. This person is a neutral third party who acts as a facilitator, helps pinpoint issues, offers solutions and suggestions and writes the Agreement. However, the mediator does not make any final decisions. That matter is left to the parties involved. 

Key Points

  • This process includes an informal review to look at Statutory and Regulatory requirements.
  • Local officials will listen to your concerns. However, they do not have the power to overrule laws and regulations.
  • You will be allowed to explain how you view the problems and how your situation is applicable to resolution.
  • Both you and your local officials will participate in forming an agreement that works for both of you.

At What Point Do I Utilize Mediation?

After local efforts have been exhausted working on a determination, program applicants will be offered mediation. The mediation process is voluntary for both parties. Your decision whether or not to participate in mediation does not restrict any future due process or legal action you may want to take. 

What Is The Process?

After your written request has been received, The Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic will delegate your information to a Dispute Resolution Center in or around your county. A person from Fulcrum will contact you, schedule the mediation and answer any questions you may have.

 What Is The Cost?

There is no cost to the Producer or your local USDA. Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic has received a grant to pay for administrative costs and the cost incurred in the mediation.

 What If I Have More Questions?

If you want more information, please contact your local USDA or Fulcrum Institute DRC. Both places have a detailed booklet that may help you.

 What Can Be Mediated?

(Under The State Mediation Program)

If you are having a dispute with participating USDA agencies regarding a determination, you may formally request mediation.

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Fulcrum Institute 
211 West Augusta
Spokane, WA 99205
(509) 838.2799