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Oklahoma OAMP

The Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Program,Inc.

 


What is the Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Program (OAMP)?

The Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Program (OAMP) is a FREE mediation service available to Oklahomans who would like assistance with resolving all types of agricultural and environmentally related issues, and to agricultural producers, their lenders, and other people who have received an adverse decision from any of the USDA agencies including Farm Services Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development. OAMP is the USDA certified mediation provider for the State of Oklahoma. OAMP can also assist rural Oklahomans with resolving a wide variety of issues that affect their daily lives. These could include neighbor disputes, property issues, and farm foreclosures.  

To find out more about mediation and the Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Program, you can view the following video clips.

Mediation A Better Way to do Business (Video)

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process in which people involved in a dispute agree to meet in a confidential setting to attempt to workout a solution on their own. A mediator helps people talk about the disagreement, identify options that might resolve the problem, and work out a solution that is mutually acceptable. Mediators facilitate the discussion and structure the process; they do not give legal advice and have no authority to decide the outcome. If an agreement is reached in mediation, the terms will be written down and signed by both parties. Many disputes can be successfully resolved through mediation. For OAMP cases that involve a USDA agency, parties who don't reach an agreement still report that the mediation helped them reach a better understanding of the regulations and the reason for the agency’s decision.
 

Who Does OAMP Serve?

OAMP offers mediation to anyone who has received an adverse decision as part of the informal appeals process, in an attempt to resolve the problem early and in the most effective way.  OAMP assist agricultural producers, their lenders, and other persons directly affected by the actions of USDA resolve disputes.  

You may be eligible for OAMP free mediation if you are a:

  • Oklahoma farmer or rancher
  • Agricultural borrower or lender
  • Producer who has received an adverse decision letter from a USDA agency

 

How can we help?

Not sure if mediation is right for your situation? Contact us! We will explain your options and help you determine if mediation can help in your situation. We want to help people talk!

1-800-248-5465
http://ok.gov/mediation

E-mail: mediation@ag.ok.gov

Support provided by:
USDA, and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry



The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can be Mediated?
A: Farm credit & loan serving, Loan delinquency, Feasible farm plans, Farm Program issues, including conservation contracts, Rural Developmemt Programs, Agricultural & Rural living issues that do not involve a USDA agency

Q: What are the benefits of Mediation?
A: May resolve problems within producer's financial means Lower cost alternative to appeals, litigation, and bankruptcy Promotes good working relationships Resolves issue(s) in less time than formal appeals Reduces stress caused by lengthy litigation and unresolved conflict

Q: What does OAMP Mediation cost?
A: OAMP is sponsored by USDA and the Oklahoma Dept. of Ag. OAMP mediation is free to all Oklahomans.