Chester A. Bailey
Chester A. Bailey is the manager of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Mediation Program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Outreach Staff, Washington, D.C. Since 1994, Bailey has managed the USDA Agricultural Mediation Program that has been located at several levels of FSA including the Farm Loan Program, the former Corporate and Advisory Staff, the Appeals and Litigation Staff, the former FSA Executive Director Office for State Operations and currently with the FSA Outreach Staff.
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USDA Agricultural Mediation Program
USDA's Certified State Agricultural Mediation Program, administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the United States Department of Agriculture, has helped agricultural producers and their creditors resolve disputes confidentially in a non-adversarial setting, thus avoiding the traditional process of litigation, appeals, bankruptcy, and foreclosure. This is crucial as America's family farmers continue to deal with a fluctuating economy, low commodity prices, and a seemingly endless rash of natural disasters. This article tells the history and performance of the mediation program.