Agricultural Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Tonya Harris, Executive Director and Loraine M. Della Porta, Esq led a 30-hour Mediation/Conflict Resolution Skill Training course at the Center for Mediation & Collaboration of Rhode Island.

Tonya Harris, Executive Director and Loraine M. Della Porta, Esq. led a 30-hour Mediation/Conflict Resolution Skill Training course at the Center for Mediation & Collaboration of Rhode Island.

Agricultural mediation programs can significantly reduce resolution costs and personal angst for conflicts between agricultural producers, their creditors, neighbors or others directly affected. Benefits of mediation include significant savings over litigation, bankruptcy hearings and administrative appeals. Mediation can help repair relationships between parties, while the traditional legal process often leaves all parties financially burdened and emotionally drained.

Mediation helps all parties involved to settle disputes with terms and a settlement they come up with themselves. Neutral mediators work in-person or over the telephone to help participants resolve conflicts. Unlike drawn-out, expensive court proceedings, most mediation only needs a few meetings to resolve a conflict. Participation in mediation is voluntary. In the American court system, parties in conflict give up all control of their decisions.

[Learn more about agricultural mediation here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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