54-13-2 Agriculture mediation program--Purposes--Administration.
Agriculture mediation program--Purposes--Administration.
The Department of
Agriculture shall administer an agriculture mediation program to:
Provide assistance to borrowers and creditors who seek to use mediation as a method for
resolving loan disputes;
Provide federal land mediation to individuals or organizations seeking to mediate disputes
with federal land management agencies concerning decisions made by those federal
Provide oil and gas mediation to individuals or organizations seeking to mediate disputes
over surface damages related to oil or gas development.
The secretary of the Department of Agriculture shall promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26
necessary for mediation, federal land mediation, and oil and gas mediation including the
establishment of fees, training requirements for mediators and ag finance counselors and their
certification, mediation request forms, and any other mediation procedures as may be necessary for
the prompt and expeditious mediation of agriculture related disputes, including the receipt of funds
pursuant to the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987.
The agriculture mediation program may not, as a condition to mediation, require that the
borrower of any creditor waive any respective legal or equitable remedies or rights.
Source: SL 1988, ch 384, § 2; SL 1991, ch 394, § 3; SL 2001, ch 259, § 2; SL 2012, ch 236, § 1;
SL 2013, ch 241, § 2.