Len-Lo Farms hosted the 2013 Central New York Farm Progress Show on Sept. 11 and 12.
The event showcased a variety of agriculture-related products and services targeted to the agriculture community, one of which was the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Herkimer County.
Michael Kapala, program director of the dispute resolution center and regional agriculture mediation coordinator, explained mediators are trained and experienced in helping people discuss issues and emotions, identify and consider options, and, if they wish, to agree on mutually acceptable solutions. Unlike a judge or arbitrator, a mediator does not make judgments or decisions, according to a news release. Mediators also will not give legal advice, according to the release. Mediation helps people to negotiate effectively and to think outside the box to create solutions that will work for everyone, according to the release.
Mediation can help people settle conflict over an unpaid bill, a loan or debt, a rental or leasing agreement or a problem between neighbors, landlord and tenant, an employer and employee, according to the release. Mediation can also help families solve problems about custody and visitation, divorce, elder care, farm transfers or family succession, according to the release. Mediation can improve communication, reduce stress and increase trust and respect among the people involved, according to the release.
For further information about the NYSAMP program, contact Peter Glassman, state program manager, at 1-866-6-NYSAMP or www.nysamp.com.
The CDRC of Herkimer County is a program of Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. Those interested in learning about the their services can call 894-9917 or see them on the web at www.DisputeResolutionCenterOfHC.org/