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54-13-2 Agriculture mediation program--Purposes--Administration.
     54-13-2.   Agriculture mediation program--Purposes--Administration. The Department of Agriculture shall administer an agriculture mediation program to:
             (1)      Provide assistance to borrowers and creditors who seek to use mediation as a method for resolving loan disputes;
             (2)      Provide federal land mediation to individuals or organizations seeking to mediate disputes with federal land management agencies concerning decisions made by those federal agencies; and
             (3)      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.


Chapter 54-13

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