.03 Who May Apply.

A. At least one of the parties participating in mediation shall be a:

(1) Maryland agricultural producer;

(2) Creditor of a Maryland agricultural producer; or

(3) Person directly affected by the actions of the Department or the USDA.

B. All requests for mediation shall be considered by the Department. Participants in mediation shall:

(1) Express an interest in developing a mutually agreeable and durable solution; and

(2) Have the authority to make decisions for themselves individually or for the organizations they represent.