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, co-managing Little Seed Gardens, a 97-acre diversified family farm in the Hudson Valley. As a sustainable food system activist, she worked on agriculture related projects with diverse stakeholders including many projects focused on training and mentoring beginning farmers.
Claudia holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Engagement with a concentration in Environmental Conflict from Antioch Midwest. She is trained in compassionate communication, mediation and facilitation.
Christine Tauzel, Program Director joined NYSAMP in 2009. Chris is part of a family partnership which operates Tauzel Farms in Otsego County. Chris brings to NYSAMP her background of experience from employment with the USDA, the NYS Senate and New York Farm Bureau. She is a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. Chris maintains an active role with Tauzel Farms and local agricultural organizations.