We help clients of USDA agencies and others in the Connecticut agricultural and rural communities resolve and manage disputes by providing mediation, facilitation, and training.
The Connecticut Agricultural Mediation Program (CTAMP), administered through the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution, provides mediation and other conflict resolution services to Connecticut’s agricultural and rural community. Certified and sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), CTAMP's services are available state-wide at little or no cost for USDA customers.
Mediation can provide many benefits, including helping to ensure that disagreements and disputes that threaten the economic success of farms are addressed quickly and confidentially.
Types of disputes we handle
CTAMP mediators can assist farmers, producers and other USDA customers to resolve the following issues:
- Agricultural loans and loan-servicing, including Farm Service Agency and Rural Development loans
- Adverse decisions from a USDA agency
- Wetlands determination
- Conservation compliance
- Crop insurance
- Pesticide application
CTAMP provides low or no cost mediation services to the agricultural community for these issues. For other agricultural issues other funding sources may be available or we may ask parties to pay on a sliding scale.
Additionally, CTAMP can assist with disagreements and disputes related to:
- Family farm succession
- Neighbor to neighbor disputes
- Land use
- Environmental concerns
training & Workshops
CTAMP occasionally offers training opportunities and workshops in negotiation, conflict competency, facilitation, meeting management and succession planning to the agricultural community.
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