ENTITLED, An Act to revise the purpose of the agriculture mediation program.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 54-13-2 be amended to read as follows:
54-13-2. The Department of Agriculture shall administer an agriculture mediation program to:
(1) Provide assistance to borrowers and creditors who seek to use mediation as a method for
resolving loan disputes; and
(2) Provide mediation to persons or organizations seeking to mediate disputes with federal
land management agencies concerning decisions made by those federal agencies.
The secretary of the Department of Agriculture shall promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26
necessary for mediation, including the establishment of fees, training requirements for mediators and
ag finance counselors and their certification, mediation request forms, and any other mediation
procedures as may be necessary for the prompt and expeditious mediation of agriculture related
disputes, including the receipt of funds pursuant to the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987.
The agriculture mediation program may not, as a condition to mediation, require that the
borrower of any creditor waive any respective legal or equitable remedies or rights.
An Act to revise the purpose of the agriculture mediation program.
I certify that the attached Act
originated in the
HOUSE as Bill No. 1037
Speaker of the House
President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate
House Bill No. 1037
File No. ____
Chapter No. ______
Received at this Executive Office
this _____ day of _____________ ,
20____ at ____________ M.
for the Governor
The attached Act is hereby
approved this ________ day of
______________ , A.D., 20___
STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
Office of the Secretary of State
Filed ____________ , 20___
at _________ o'clock __ M.
Secretary of State
Asst. Secretary of State