2022 Director Election

Farm Credit East's 2022 Annual Meeting was held Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Albany Marriott in Albany, N.Y. This meeting received reports from the Board, management and nominating committee; elected next year’s nominating committee; and introduced the 2022 director candidates. For more information on this year’s Annual Meeting and 2022 director candidates, view the Annual Meeting Information Statement

Board Chair and CEO Report

Laurie Griffen, Farm Credit East Board Chair, and Mike Reynolds, CEO, presented during the 2022 Annual Meeting general session. Click below to listen to the 38-minute recording.


2022 Director Election

Six candidates sought election for three seats in 2022. The nominating committee conducted an extensive candidate search starting with fall Customer Service Council meetings, followed by regional conference phone calls in December and then a virtual meeting in January to determine the 2022 candidates. Members were mailed their ballots in late March and were able to cast their vote by mail-in or online ballot. The election polls closed on April 13, 2022, and the following candidates were elected to positions on the Farm Credit East Board of Directors.

Seat One

Elected from the Central Region: Bridgeton, Claverack, Cooperstown, Flemington, Greenwich, Middletown and offices.

Michael N. Brooks (age 40), of Elmer, NJ, is a managing partner of Dusty Lane Farms LLC, a 2,000-acre irrigated vegetable and grain farm. The diverse vegetable farm grows white potatoes for the chip industry, peppers, spinach, sweet corn, cabbage, corn, soybeans and wheat. Mike manages all day-to-day operations of the business. Learn more about Mike

Seat Two

Elected from the Central Region: Bridgeton, Claverack, Cooperstown, Flemington, Greenwich, Middletown and offices. 

Philip “Jamie” Jones (age 46), of Shelton, Conn., is a managing member of Jones Family Farms alongside his parents, Terry and Jean, and wife, Christiana. Established in the 1850’s, the Jones family’s 500-acre farm produces and direct markets strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Additionally, Jamie established a vineyard and winery that currently produces 6,000 cases. Learn more about Jamie

Seat Three

Elected from the Western Region: Batavia, Burrville, Cortland, Geneva, Hornell and Mayville offices. 

Terry R. Zittel (age 63), of Eden, NY, is the business executive and treasurer of Amos Zittel & Sons, Inc., a fifth-generation 400-acre wholesale vegetable and flower business growing fresh market, hand harvested vegetables as well as rooted liners and a potted flower crop. Terry has over 39 years of experience implementing and managing a fully integrated accounting, inventory, order entry and point of sale system for all the enterprises. Learn more about Terry

Farm Credit East congratulates the successful candidates and thanks those who served on the nominating committee. Thank you also to the nearly 2,100 stockholders who exercised their right to vote.