Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 4.djvu/600

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108 STAT. 3234 PUBLIC LAW 103-354—OCT. 13, 1994 (2) in subsection (b), by striking "agricultural loan"; and (3) by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following new subsection: "(c) REQUIREMENTS OF STATE MEDIATION PROGRAMS.— "(1) ISSUES COVERED. —To be certified as a qualifying State, the mediation program of the State must provide mediation services for the persons described in paragraph (2) who are involved in agricultural loans or agricultural losins and one or more of the following issues under the jurisdiction of the • Department of Agriculture: "(A) Wetiands determinations. "(B) Compliance with farm programs, including conservation programs. "(C) Agricultural credit. "(D) Riu'al water loan programs. "(E) Grazing on National Forest System lands. "(F) Pesticides. "(G) Such other issues as the Secretary considers appropriate. "(2) PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR MEDIATION.— The persons referred to in paragraph (1) are producers, their creditors (if applicable), and other persons directiy affected by actions of the Department of Agriculture. "(3) CERTIFICATION coNDiTiONS.The Secretary shall certify a State as a qualifying State with respect to the issues proposed to be covered by the mediation program of the State if the mediation program— "(A) provides for mediation services that, if decisions are reached, result in mediated, mutually agreeable decisions between the parties to the mediation; "(B) is authorized or administered by an agency of the State government or by the Governor of the State; "(C) provides for the training of mediators; "(D) provides that the mediation sessions shall be confidential; "(E) ensures, in the case of agricultural loans, that all lenders and borrowers of agricultural loans receive adequate notification of the mediation program; and "(F) ensures, in the case of other issues covered by the mediation program, that persons directiy affected by actions of the Department of Agriculture receive adequate notification of the mediation program.". (b) PARTICIPATION OF DEPARTMENT. —Section 503 of such Act (7 U.S.C. 5103) is amended— (1) by striking "agricultural loan" each place it appears; (2) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) of subsection (a)(l>- (A) by inserting "or agency" after "program"; and (B) by striking "that makes, guarantees, or insures agricultural loans"; (3) in subsection (a)(1)(A)— (A) by inserting "or agency" after "such program"; and (B) by inserting "certified under section 501" after "mediation program, (4) in subsection (a)(1)(B)— (A) by striking ", effective beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act,"; and