ENFIELD, Conn. — The 2021 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 2021 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. Farm Credit East encourages members to vote. Ballots must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12.
In 2021, there are four candidates running for the three director seats up for election on the Farm Credit East Board. Each seat to be elected is for a four-year term. Following are this year’s four highly qualified candidates. More information on each candidate, including video interviews, are available on FarmCreditEast.com/
Seat One, from the Eastern Region
- Nicholas Brunet, of Auburn, NH, is a forester and managing member of Greatwoods LLC, a forest industry company that invests and manages over 13,500 acres of forestland in New England, operates four log resale yards, leases almost 150,000 maple sugar taps and has two wind turbines on its land.
- Lisa Preger Sellew, of South Glastonbury, CT, is the vice president of Prides Corner Farms, Inc. in Lebanon, CT, a wholesale nursery growing more than 2,200 varieties of nursery stock, perennials, roses, trees, herbs and vegetables to supply independent garden centers, landscapers and landscape distributors throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Seat Two, from the Central Region
- LouAnne F. King, of Waddington, NY, is a partner of Mapleview Dairy LLC in Madrid, NY, a family-owned 3,400 cow dairy that has 2,500 replacement heifers and approximately 5,000 cropped acres.
Seat Three, from the Western Region
- John P. Knopf, of Canandaigua, NY, is the principal owner of Fa-Ba Farms, LLC a dairy business consisting of 580 milking cows, 440 replacements and 850 acres of land devoted to forage production.
Each voting stockholder is encouraged to vote for one candidate in each of the three positions. This year, stockholders can mail in their ballot or vote online. A third-party election tabulator will count the votes and declare the winners within five business days of the voting deadline. For more information on this year’s candidates, visit FarmCreditEast.com/
–Kristie Matuszewski, Farm Credit East