The Kansas Agricultural Mediation Service (KAMS) has an agreement with Kansas Legal Services, Inc. (KLS) to provide direct legal representation to Kansas farmers and ranchers on a reduced fee basis. The program helps clients prepare for mediation to more effectively resolve disputes between ag producers and their creditors, as well as disputes involving adverse decisions of various USDA agencies (e.g. FSA, NRCS, Rural Housing, RMA). The agricultural law attorneys with the program understand the farm situation and are experienced at helping producers.
KLS, a non-profit organization funded in large part by the federal Legal Services Corporation, has partnered with KAMS since 1989 to provide direct legal assistance to Kansas agriculture producers. The KLS offices out of which our program operates are in Hays, Wichita, Topeka, Hutchinson, Emporia, Pittsburg, Kansas City, Manhattan, Madison, Dodge City, Seneca, Salina and Garden City.
Costs and Access
The attorney's fee is paid partially by the KAMS program. The farmer or rancher is responsible for part of the fee based on a "co-pay" system. The fees are one of four hourly rates- $20, $30, $50 or $80. The hourly rate that the producer may be required to pay will depend on their family income level. There is no cost for the first half-hour during which time the attorney will assess the issues, determine the hourly rate and estimate the time the case will take so that the producer can decide whether or not to continue to have the attorney represent them. Call the KAMS toll-free hotline (1-800-321-3276), and the KAMS staff attorney, Forrest Buhler, will be able to assist you with a referral. KAMS staff members are available to help you answer any questions about mediation and program services.