In this episode of the Progressive Dairy Podcast, host Kimmi Devaney is joined by Jenna Muller and Mary Campbell from the California Ag Mediation Program to discuss a resource that can help you resolve some of the tense situations and difficult conversations that inevitably come up while managing a business, especially one with your family. Mediation can assist with transitioning the farm from one generation to another, diffuse tense situations with neighbors and assist with multiple other situations. 

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Season 5, Episode 3

Here’s a breakdown of the episode:

  1. How does mediation help farm families? [~1:00]
  2. The primary reasons a farmer would call a mediator [~2:40]
  3. Jenna and Mary walk us through the process when a farmer calls them for assistance [~3:40]
  4. How mediation can assist with transitioning the farm from one generation to another [~4:30]
  5. Facilitating debt issues [~8:55]
  6. Dealing with neighbor disputes [~10:20]
  7. Misconceptions they hear about facilitation and mediation [~13:30]
  8. Trainings offered and what they cover [~14:20]
  9. Additional tips for anyone looking to have more productive conversations and discussions [~15:55]
  10. How can farmers across the country who need some extra help navigating difficult conversations with family members, neighbors, or others find facilitators or mediators to help them? [~23:50]
  11. Rapid-fire questions [~27:40]

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