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2020 Director Elections

There are three open director seats to be elected for four-year terms. Farm Credit East’s nominating committee met in January and did an outstanding job interviewing and advancing the following six candidates.

Seat One

Nominated from the Eastern Region: Auburn, Bedford, Bridgeton, Dayville, Enfield, Flemington, Middleboro, Presque Isle and Riverhead offices. Two candidates are running for a four-year term.

Barry Allan Buck, (45), of Mapleton, ME, is co-owner and cooperatively manages crop production, marketing and sales at Buck Farms since 1998. Buck Farms is a 1,000-acre cash crop and potato farm founded in 1958. Learn more about Barry

Matthew J. Piscitelli, (48), of Bridgewater, MA, is CEO and partner of Olson's Greenhouses Inc., a wholesale greenhouse grower and producer of horticultural products. Learn more about Matt

Seat Two

Nominated from the Central Region: Burrville, Claverack, Cooperstown, Greenwich, Middletown and Potsdam offices. Two candidates are running for a four-year term.

George Motel, (62), of Goshen, CT, is the founder and president of Sunset Meadow Farm, LLC, a 155-acre farm including 40 acres of vineyard and a farm winery. Learn more about George

Douglas W. Shelmidine, (63), of Adams, N.Y., is the general and financial manager of Sheland Farms LLC, handling bookkeeping, business management and business leadership. Learn more about Doug

Seat Three

Nominated from the Western Region: Batavia, Cortland, Geneva, Hornell and Mayville offices. Two candidates are running for a four-year term.

David "Skip" Hardie, (69), of Groton, N.Y., is the retiring senior partner of Walnut Ridge Dairy, LLC, along with Steve Palladino, John Fleming and Keith Chapin. The farm milks 1,600 cows and operates 2,200 acres. Learn more about Skip

Brett D. Kreher, (52), of Clarence, N.Y., is a partner at Kreher's Poultry Farms and related entities, producing conventional and organic eggs across three farms totaling approximately two million hens. Learn more about Brett

View the 2020 Director Candidate Video

2020 Annual Meeting

Due to concerns related to the coronavirus, Farm Credit East's 2020 Annual Meeting was held by webinar and teleconference March 23, 2020. This meeting began with the 2020 Director Candidate Forum which was followed by a report from the Nominating Committee, Chair and CEO. This meeting also invited voting stockholders to participate in approving this year’s slate of director candidates and next year’s nominating committee. Click here for the full recorded meeting.

CANDIDATE FORUM Recording

A Director Candidate Forum was held during this year's virtual annual meeting. Candidates were asked various questions about their experience and why they'd like to serve on the Farm Credit East Board of Directors. Click here to view the forum.

ELECTION PROCESS

Voting for directors will be by mail ballot sent within 10 business days following the annual meeting. Voters must be a stockholder of record as of March 1, 2020.

Candidates are listed by open seat and alphabetically by name. The election polls will close the end of the fifteenth calendar day following the date on which the ballots are mailed to stockholders.

The election for each position shall be conducted independently with each voting stockholder given an opportunity to vote for each of the three open positions. A tellers’ committee of members will count the votes and declare the winners within five business days of the voting deadline. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes for each position shall be  declared elected.

2021 Nominating Committee

In keeping with its responsibility under the association's bylaws, the nominating committee presents the slate of candidates for the 2021 nominating committee to be elected at the annual meeting. There are 23 regular members and 23 alternates. Additional nominations for the 2021 nominating committee members may be made from the floor at the annual meeting. For more information on the nominating committee, view the Annual Meeting Information Statement.