NYSAMP was established in 2001 by a group of agricultural organizations including NY Farm Bureau, NYS Department of Labor, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, and CALS at Cornell University NY who saw merit and potential in having a mediation program focused on agricultural needs. Since then, over 8000 participants have chosen mediation as a way to work through a difficult conflict!
NYSAMP services are free or low cost and customized to a situation and the needs of the participants. Options include mediation, conciliation, facilitation and conflict coaching.
NYSAMP is part of a Coalition of Agricultural Mediation Programs serving 41 states.
NYSAMP is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture in partnership with the New York State Unified Court System Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Our program home is with the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, a not for profit organization dedicated to quality conflict management.
NYSAMP mediators are trained to standards set by the NY court system and maintain their qualifications with annual updates. A network of Community Dispute Resolution Centers around the state host NYSAMP mediations services in every county of NYS.
By working with professional mediators who are trained in communication and process skills, the people who are involved in a discussion or disagreement make decisions and develop the plans that best suit their needs. Mediators respect all participants and do not take sides, make judgements or issue decisions.
Claudia Kenny, Statewide Director brings 20+ years of experience as a farmer and food system activist working on agriculture related projects with diverse stakeholders in the Hudson Valley. She and her husband own and operate Little Seed Gardens, a 97-acre family farm in the Hudson Valley region. As a farmer, she is familiar with the economic and social challenges facing farms in NYS.
Claudia holds Masters degree in Conflict Resolution with a concentration in environmental conflict. She is trained in compassionate communication and mediation & facilitation. She has a broad understanding of Ag. Issues in NYS as a graduate of LEAD, NY, an intensive Agricultural Leadership Program of Cornell.
Claudia brings empathy and understanding to her work with NYSAMP along with years of process expertise in helping people with challenging personal and workplace conflicts.
Christine Tauzel, Program Director Part of Tauzel Farms in Otsego County, Chris understands the daily demands of a family farm business which produces dairy, beef and other commodities.
A graduate of Cornell University, she has served in membership and leadership roles with Farm Bureau, Cooperative Extension and community groups. From her experience as a mother, farmer, former Constituent Aide for State Senator James L. Seward and temporary technician for USDA Farm Service Agency, Chris brings a commitment to providing compassionate knowledge, accurate information and excellent service to NYSAMP customers.