A mediator is a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between. Mediation is essentially a negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party. To be a good mediator, the mediator must be neutral and have sufficient knowledge of the issues to provide an unbiased assessment of the positions of the parties. A mediator must be able to identify areas of agreement and, in areas in conflict, be able to provide a credible assessment of the risks with the respective positions, and the costs associated with those risks, and be able to explain those risks clearly and succinctly.
To be a good mediator, the mediator must be neutral and have sufficient knowledge of the issues to provide an unbiased assessment of the positions of the parties.
Crop insurance is a unique program in that it combines a government program with a private sector delivery system. This means that even though the policy is between the farmer and the private insurance company, the terms and conditions of insurance, such as coverages, premiums and loss adjustment, are established by the government. Since crop insurance is a program using taxpayer dollars, strict adherence to policy and procedure is required. Therefore, knowledge of the Federal Crop Insurance Act and the regulations published at 7 C.F.R. chapter IV are crucial. Knowledge of the various policies and plans of insurance are necessary to be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a position. If the mediator is not familiar with the crop insurance program, additional time and money must be spent on educating the mediator on how the program works.
None of these additional expenses are required when working with Arrigo Risk Consulting PLLC. Kim Arrigo has been working with the crop insurance program for over 25 years. When you select Arrigo Risk Consulting PLLC you will be getting a knowledgeable mediator who has completed 40 hours of mediation training and can provide an unbiased assessment of the positions of the parties based on the applicable policy and procedure. Disputes arise all the time in the crop insurance program and she has experience in listening to all sides, identifying and assessing risks, associating costs with those risks, and assisting the parties to reach a compromise in those disputes.