The NYS Agricultural Mediation Program (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 one of the largest agricultural mediation programs in the country.
NYSAMP is managed independently by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA). NYSDRA is a non–profit professional membership organization committed to the promotion of quality conflict management and peaceful dispute resolution.
NYSAMP works with affiliated mediation centers that provide free or low cost professional services quickly and conveniently in every county in New York. Most mediation centers are non–profits and are funded by the court system and charitable organizations.
Claudia Kenny, Statewide Director joined NYSAMP in 2016. She brings over 20 years of experience as a farmer and sustainable food system activist. She and her husband own and operate Little Seed Gardens, a 97-acre diversified family farm in the Hudson Valley region. Claudia has worked on agriculture related projects with diverse stakeholders and has been a mentor to young farmers on farm as well as through NOFA, NY mentoring programs.
Claudia holds Masters degree in Conflict Resolution with a concentration in environmental conflict. She is a graduate of Mediate Your Life where she was trained in compassionate communication and mediation.
Christine Tauzel, Program Director joined NYSAMP in 2009. Prior to joining NYSAMP, Chris worked as a Constituent Aide for NYS Senator James L. Seward, and more recently, as a Temporary Program Technician for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Delaware and Otsego Counties. Chris’s family operates a dairy farm in Otsego County; and prior to her employment with Senator Seward, she had been active in 4H, Farm Bureau, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Chris has been an advisor to the local high school drama club for many years, and is a Cornell University graduate.