2024 Director Elections

Five candidates seek election for three seats in 2024. Election polls closed on April 17 and results will be shared once finalized.

Learn more about this year's candidates

Seat One - Two Candidates are running for a three-year term

Nominated from the Eastern Region: Auburn, Bedford, Dayville, Derby, Enfield, Middleboro, Middlebury, Potsdam, Presque Isle, Riverhead, St. Albans and White River Junction offices.

Barry Allan Buck (age 49) of Mapleton, Maine, is partner at Buck Land Company, LLC which owns over 1,000 acres of farm and forest land, sells potatoes and grain in a developed market, as well as buys and sells farm equipment throughout the northeast. Learn more about Barry 

James Alvin Robbins II (age 51) of Searsmont, Maine, is co-owner and president of Robbins Lumber Inc, an Eastern White Pine Lumber mill with four locations, as well as sustainably manages over 28 ,000 acres of working timberland and operates an 8.5 MW biomass power plant. Learn more about Jim

Seat Two - One candidate is running for a four-year term

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

Laurie Keene Griffen (age 60) of Schuylerville, NY, is Co-owner and operator of Saratoga Sod Farm consisting of approximately 700 acres of turfgrass sod, a range of seed and fertilizer products and a sod installation service, 600 acres of corn and soybeans and a retail bagged garden soil operation. Learn more about Laurie

Seat Three - Two candidates are running for a four-year term

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

Douglas W. Shelmidine (age 67) of Adams, NY, is owner and operator of Sheland Farms LLC, a 900-cow dairy with 730 head of youngstock and crops about 3,000 acres, as well as operating Sheland Farm Services, a business offering crop-related services. Learn more about Doug 

Wendy Oakes Wilson (age 57) of Lyndonville, NY, is general manager of LynOaken Farms and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. She also serves as treasurer of the LynOaken Farms’ Corporate Board and president of the Leonard Oakes Board. Learn more Wendy