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     54-13-2.   Agricultural mediation program--Purposes--Administration. The Department of Agriculture shall administer an agricultural mediation program to:
             (1)      Provide mediation to borrowers and creditors seeking to resolve credit 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, as of January 1, 2015.
     The agricultural mediation program may not, as a condition to mediation, require that any party 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; SL 2015, ch 203, § 27.


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