The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (MAMP) offers mediation training throughout the year. Specific training for mediators interested in helping USDA producers with mediation is held on a regular basis.
In 2022, the MAMP transitioned to being housed within the University of Maine Cooperative Extension organization.
We thank you in advance for your patience as we get ourselves grounded with new staff, operations logistics, and all the efforts that go into retrofitting this program.
A couple of our upcoming training opportunity offerings include:
16-Hour Agricultural Mediation Training
Interested in becoming an agricultural mediator? The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (MAMP) offers mediators the opportunity to co-mediate a wide range of possible issues on farms or involving farmers. This 16-hour training will introduce you to the range of topics covered by agricultural mediation. It includes multiple guest speakers and daily opportunities to practice and role-play the types of conflicts and issues that arise on farms and within the agricultural community.
Fee: $0, There is no cost to attend.
There is no cost to attend. This training is generously funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, Maine Agricultural Mediation Program.
Multiple presenters will meet with you over the four training sessions from the USDA, FSA, Land for Good, MOFGA, Cooperative Extension, Family and Community Mediation, and more. The sessions will be facilitated by Lucy Wess and Leslie Forstadt from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the MAMP.
For more information or to get on the waitlist for the next training (TBD) contact us at email@example.com.
40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
MAMP invites farmers/fishers/ag community members and a service providers interested in becoming mediators, looking to enhance conflict resolution/management skills or learn how to assist others in resolving their conflict-related issues to apply for our upcoming training. We’re offering a 5-day hands-on, highly interactive practical training in Bangor, Maine (see below for details). This training is designed as a “low barrier” offering with a focus on welcoming a diverse class of trainees – including but not limited to those in traditionally underserved communities such as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, refugee/ asylum seekers as well as bi-lingual language speakers.
This comprehensive training will include: demonstrations, discussions, exercises, videos, and role-play practice with mediation scenarios, in addition to mini-lectures. The sessions will focus on both the facilitative and transformative orientation models. Co-Instructors, Karen Groat & Leah Boyd (see bios below), will lead the training sessions and guest mediator coaches will provide additional support, guidance, and experience to participants.
Trainees will learn:
- Conflict theory and stress response
- Theories and practice of mediation – both facilitative and transformative models
- Screening for mediation appropriateness
- Ways to build and enhance participant rapport
- Effective interventions and practice
- The impact of mediator influence and bias
- Standards of mediator practice and ethics
- The professional limitations of mediation practice
Learn new skills, understand how to apply them to your life and to a mediation practice by taking this training. Past participants report an amazing shift in the way they talk, listen and problem solve – – at work and in their
family life. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, a commonly accepted state and national standard. Note: Participants are expected to attend and engage in all training sessions to receive the certificate of completion.
Training Details for Prospective Trainees/Participants
Who: 12 seats available (with the aim of balancing the number of a service providers and farmers).
What: MAMP 40-hour Basic Mediation Training, Winter ’24
When: January 2024
Session Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (one hour for lunch)
First Week Dates: Wednesday, January 17, Thursday, January 18, and Friday, January 19
Second Week Dates: Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26
Where: UMaine Extension Penobscot County Office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine
Farmers: MAMP will cover the cost of training + housing for those located 60 miles outside of Bangor. Farmers will be responsible for their meals and transportation.
Ag Service Providers: Training cost $500 per trainee (currently 40-hour mediation training programs in ME charge $1,000+ per trainee)* Ag Service Providers will be responsible for their housing, meals and transportation. *Understanding that professional development/education funds may vary from organization to organization, we have available some partial training scholarships and/or housing subsidies for providers who are located 60 miles outside of Bangor. Scholarships/ subsidies will be considered upon request on a case-by-case basis.
The training location has a full kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, etc. for those who would like to bring their lunch, drinks, etc. MAMP will provide snacks and water throughout the training. Participants are expected to attend all training sessions to receive a certificate. In the event of inclement weather, MAMP will notify participants via e-mail, provide Zoom information and training sessions will be conducted online.
How to Apply
Please fill out the Google Forms Application online.
Please e-mail Shiela Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lucy Wess at 207.974.9637 for more information.
If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Shiela Leonard at email@example.com, to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.
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