Greeting From New NYSAMP Statewide Director Peter Glassman
As the new Statewide Director of the NYS Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP), I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.
I am delighted to be on the NYSDRA staff after spending a couple of years on its Board of Direcotrs, and after having run a Communtiy Dispute Resolution Center for 13 years.
I am fortunate to take over a program that has benefitted from many years of inspired and accomplished stewardship on the parts of Charlotte Carter, Christine Tauzel, and Dan Kos. Chris will be continuing in her part time capacity as NYSAMP’s Program Director, and I am already appreciating her skills, knowledge and passion.
Charlotte is now Executive Director of NYSDRA, but will carve out some time from her myriad responsibilities in order to remain active in NYSAMP and facilitate the transition. Believe me, I take some facilitating – there’s a lot to learn!
We also benefit from the oversight of Diana Colon of UCS, who will help manage the words and numbers needed to keep the USDA apprised of all of our good works.
We have a couple of particularly exciting projects that are underway, and I will fill you in with more details in future postings. My intention is to communicate with you regularly on the NYSAMP website to keep you apprised of our (and your!) activities around this grand state of ours, and to benefit from your collective experience and wisdom.
Please stay tuned.
“Mediation brought focus and was very helpful. An outside look helped us look at different options. I have worked with these
people for a long time and have a good relationship, but because of my position there are some things I am not comfortable saying. The mediator asked good questions to provoke additional thought, including some questions about the future of the business." — FSA employee
What is Agricultural Mediation?
Agricultural mediation is a tool for farmers and others in the agricultural community to communicate clearly, negotiate effectively, and to find fair and workable solutions. Decisions are made by the people directly involved, and not by mediators or other outside authorities.
NYSAMP services are usually free and always affordable, thanks to the generous support of our funders and the dispute resolution community.
Mediation is confidential and voluntary. Research shows that over 80% of mediation results in agreements; NYSAMP mediations have an even higher resolution rate.
NYSAMP works with affiliated mediation centers to provide services for every county in New York. Trained and experienced NYSAMP mediators provide a powerful way to solve problems between parties, and to avoid the high costs of escalating conflict or litigation.
NYSAMP staff is available for consultation about specific situations that may benefit from mediation, and to provide additional information about referrals.
In addition to mediation services, NYSAMP also provides training opportunities in communication skills, negotiation, conflict management, mediation and facilitation.
NYSAMP is a program of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA). NYSDRA is an independent, non-profit membership organization.