Agriculture mediation services now available for farm-related disputes

RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Feb. 23 that agricultural mediation services are now available to the commonwealth’s agriculture community through a partnership with the North Carolina Agriculture Mediation Program, or NCAMP, at Western Carolina University. 

Known as FARM-VA, the program helps settle disputes between USDA agencies and their customers and clients. Those disputing USDA actions that directly affect them are offered the opportunity to request mediation services as part of the department’s informal appeals process. No fee is charged for USDA-related mediations.

In addition, FARM-VA services are available to help resolve agricultural-related disputes between producers and suppliers, vendors, lenders and others. Those mediations are subject to a fee based on the mediator’s time and travel.

FARM-VA is certified through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, and mediations will be held in the county where the participating parties work or reside.

“Conflicts often result from a lack of communication,” said Jayne Zanglein, executive director of NCAMP and FARM-VA. “We cultivate a resolution by providing a trained mediator to guide discussions and help settle agricultural disputes quickly, confidentially and amicably, saving everyone involved time and money.”

Since its inception in 2006, NCAMP has successfully mediated more than 130 North Carolina cases affecting more than 400 individuals.

To request mediation services or additional information, contact FARM-VA 336-303-0466 or The NCAMP website is at

Media: Contact Sarah Pennington, VDACS communications, at 804-786-1904 or Betty Mayo, FARM-VA, at 336-303-0466.

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