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2019 Annual Meeting & Director Elections

Annual Meeting Information Statement

Farm Credit East's 2019 Annual Meeting will be held Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Albany Marriott in Albany, N.Y. This meeting will receive reports from the Board, management and nominating committee; elect next year’s nominating committee; and introduce the 2019 director candidates. For more information on this year’s Annual Meeting and 2019 director candidates, view the Annual Meeting Information Statement.

2019 Director Candidates

There are four 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 seven 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.

  • Kurt W. Alstede, (55), of Chester, N.J., is founder, owner and general manager of Alstede Farms, LLC, a 600-acre vertically integrated fruit and vegetable farm founded in 1982. Learn more about Kurt
  • Henry Lyon Huntington, (59), of Loudon, N.H., is the owner, partner and president/CEO of Pleasant View Gardens, Inc., a 15-acre wholesale floriculture greenhouse business. Learn more about Henry

Seat Two

Nominated from the Eastern Region: Candidates must be from Maine. Two candidates are running for a four-year term.

  • Thomas Qualey, (62), of Sherman, Maine, is owner and partner of Three Oak Farms, a 1,200-acre commercial farm operation producing 350-400 acres of chipping potatoes and 500-800 acres of rotation crops, including oats, barley, hay and wheat. Learn more about Thomas
  • James Alvin Robbins II, (46), of Searsmont, Maine, is president of Robbins Lumber Inc., a fifth-generation, fully integrated sawmill that produces Eastern White Pine lumber and manages 27,000 acres of timberland in Maine. Learn more about James

Seat Three

Nominated from the Central Region: Burrville, Claverack, Cooperstown, Greenwich, Middletown and Potsdam offices. One candidate is running for a four-year term.

Seat Four

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

  • Peter R. Call, (62), of Batavia, N.Y., is president of My-T Acres, Inc., an 8,500-acre farm operating in Genesee, Orleans and Livingston counties. Crops include peas, snap beans, carrots, cabbage and red beets for canning and freezing, sweet corn for fresh market, and potatoes for chips. Learn more about Peter
  • David M. Votypka, (55), of Wayland, N.Y., is owner of Votypka Farms, a second-generation, 650-acre crop farm growing winter wheat, soybeans, and snap beans ad peas for processing. Learn more about David

Candidate Forum

A Director Candidate Forum will be held during the annual meeting. Candidates will be asked various questions about their experience and why they'd like to serve on the Farm Credit East Board of Directors. This forum will be recorded for playback at a later time.

Election Process

Voting for directors will be by mail ballot within 10 business days following the annual meeting. Voters must be a stockholder of record as of March 1, 2019. The election for each position shall be conducted independently with each voting stockholder given an opportunity to vote for each of the four open positions.

Election polls will close by end of business on April 15, 2019. Your ballot must be received at the association’s main office at 240 South Road, Enfield, Connecticut 06082 by 5:00 p.m. on April 15. A tellers’ meeting will be held on April 17 with written notice of the results of the balloting mailed to all stockholders shortly thereafter.