Anastasia Alentseva

The Arizona Agricultural Mediation Program has been located at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus since 1996. It has been developed to help Arizona's agricultural and rural communities understand and deal with the numerous changes in the agribusiness and agriculture systems. Given the dynamic changes and challenges facing the ranchers, farmers, and tribes in rural Arizona, this program was badly needed. With the rise in the number of regulations and the number of disputes and legal issues becoming more complex and more costly, mediation became a critical alternative.

The objectives of the Arizona Agricultural Mediation Program are to meet the following goals: 

To ensure that the farmers and ranchers of Arizona are provided with excellent information and coordination for resolving disputes under the state and federal mediation and resolution management programs. This effort is to rectify past problems that have faced farmers and ranchers during crisis situations where no central medium existed for resolving disputes involving credit, trade, and other business issues.

  • Develop new ways, technologies, uses, and strategies for improving current dispute resolution in partnership with governmental, industrial, and tribal leaders. This will help develop a successful and sustainable agribusiness and resource management plan for rural Arizona.
  • Assist small and medium size agricultural and agribusiness enterprises with dispute resolution and mediation research by extending services to all ranchers, farmers, and tribes in the State.
  • Support technical and mediation education by strengthening linkages between universities, community colleges, program coordinators, service sectors and industry.

Agricultural Disputes

Arizona disputes can be from any sector of the $180 billion agricultural industry based in the Southwest; focusing in large part on agriculture, agribusiness, the food industry, agriculture real estate, natural resource management, agri-exporters and agri-industrial technology. The need for agricultural and rural mediation has never been greater. Arizona farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses can use the Arizona Agricultural Mediation Program at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus.

The Arizona Agricultural Mediation Program focuses on settling disputes in rural Arizona and in training State Agriculture Mediators (S.A.M). We are part of the National Agriculture Mediation Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).


Contact Anastasia Alentseva

Arizona Rural Mediation Program
Project Coordinator
7001 Williams Field Rd.
Wanner Hall
Mesa, Arizona  85212
Phone: 480 727-1470


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Arizona

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