All IAMP mediators will have completed mediation training, and will be informed about the agricultural issues involved in the cases they are assigned. The mediators' professional backgrounds will range from law, psychology, agriculture, economics, etc. However, they will not be serving in these roles when they mediate. The mediators will travel to the county where the dispute has arisen, and generally hold the mediation session at the county's USDA office.
The mediation program has been designed for expedient dispute resolution. The actual mediation session is usually conducted within 30 days from the date the Request for Mediation is received. The mediation sessions themselves will generally not go over two hours. However, depending upon the complexity of the issues, more than one session may be needed.