Maine Agricultural Mediation Program

What is Mediation?

hoophouse and woman farmer picking fresh produceMediation is a voluntary and confidential process for resolving disputes where neutral intermediaries help conflicting parties have a conversation.  1

Why try Mediation?

Mediation can help people be proactive with planning and/or help minimize the stress related to conflict as well as the high cost, and drawn-out process of litigation. Unlike going to court, you can have control over the outcome and a chance to create customized mutually beneficial solutions.

What can I expect during the Mediation process?

The mediation process is not adversarial or win-lose. This is a space where – with the help of our staff and mediators – participants have the opportunity gain new understanding and perspectives, brainstorm solutions, and create a “custom-built” pathway forward. Because you, the participants, are the experts in your field, farm, or fishery!

How can MAMP support me?

The work of Maine Agricultural Mediation Program staff and mediators is to listen, offer resources (not advice), and provide an opportunity to sow the seeds of understanding, open communication, and self-created solutions.

How much does it cost and how do I get more information?

Currently,  this is a no-cost service!  To learn more about our Mediation program, please visit:

About Us and FAQs: Overview of Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (MAMP)

How do I connect with MAMP? 

If MAMP may be of any assistance, please contact us by completing the Request Mediation form or via phone, at 207.581.3487 or email at We look forward to collaborating with you!

1 — Definition of Mediation adapted from Beer, Jennifer E., and Caroline Packard. The Mediator’s Handbook, 4th ed., New Society Publishers, 2019.

— The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program is a USDA Farm Service Agency Program