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2020 Farm Credit East Director Elections

April 15, 2020

The 2020 director candidates were formally introduced at Farm Credit East’s Annual Meeting in March, and following, voting stockholders were mailed their ballots to vote in the 2020 Director Elections. As a customer-owned cooperative, the annual director election is an important opportunity for stockholders to express their voice in ownership and direction of the cooperative.

In 2020, there were six candidates running for the three open director seats on the Farm Credit East board. Each seat to be elected was for a four-year term. Election polls closed on Monday, April 13, and following the counting of votes by a third-party tabulator, the following candidates were declared elected.

SEAT ONE, from the Eastern Region

  • Barry Allan Buck, of Mapleton, Maine, 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.

SEAT TWO, from the Central Region

  • Douglas W. Shelmidine, of Adams, N.Y., is General and Financial Manager of Sheland Farms LLC, handling bookkeeping, business management and business leadership. Doug runs the 1,800-acre family dairy operation milking 980 cows alongside his brother, Todd and two sons, Devon and Erik.

SEAT THREE, from the Western Region

  • David “Skip” Hardie, 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. Skip assists in strategic planning, machinery operation and general farm maintenance.

Thank you to all voting stockholders who voted in this year's election. For more information on this year’s candidates, visit


For more information:
Contact: Tom Cosgrove 
Telephone: 800.562.2235