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NYSAMP is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the New York State Unified Court System Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution. NYSAMP is independently managed by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association.

Customers of the USDA have the right to appeal certain adverse decisions by using mediation. NYSAMP gives producers and USDA representatives a flexible and confidential way to clarify decisions and problems, explore options, and, when possible, to develop workable solutions.

In New York, mediation is used by producers to appeal adverse decisions by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), and Rural Development (RD), including:

  • FSA agricultural loans, loan servicing and commodity programs
  • RD loans and loan servicing for rural housing
  • conservation programs
  • wetlands determinations
  • crop insurance
  • pesticides
  • other situations which involve an individual producer and which, if not resolved, threaten the economic viability of the farm

The U.S. Department of Agricuture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disabiltiy, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, D.C. 20250- 9410 or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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