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Farm Credit East Announces Board Election Results

ENFIELD,CONN.— Farm Credit East, ACA stockholder-customers recently elected three members to its Board of Directors:

  • In the Eastern region, Matthew W. Beaton was re-elected for a 4-year term. Matt is president and owner of Sure-Cran Services, Inc. and Beaton’s, Inc., based in Wareham, Mass. Sure-Cran is a custom-management company, managing more than 550 acres of owned and leased cranberry bogs in southeastern Massachusetts.
  • Douglas W. Shelmidine was elected to a 4-year term in the Central region. Doug owns Sheland Farms in Adams, N.Y. Sheland Farms is a multi-generational family business that Doug runs in partnership with his brother, Todd, and father, Donald. The family farms 1,500 acres and milks 700 cows.
  • Christine Fesko was re-elected to a 4-year term in the Western region. Chris, along with her daughter, Kim Fesko Brayman, and father-in-law, George Fesko, own Fesko Farms, Inc., a 2,000-acre, 600-cow dairy in Skaneateles, N.Y. Chris is involved in planning and goal-setting. She also runs Chris Fesko Enterprises, which produces award-winning children’s educational DVDs about agriculture.

In addition, at the April 25 reorganization meeting, the Board elected Andrew Gilbert, Potsdam, N.Y. as its chair and Matthew Beaton, Wareham, Mass. as vice chair.  In addition to Chairman Gilbert and Vice Chairman Beaton, the Executive Committee includes Richard Janiga, East Aurora, N.Y. and June Hoeflich, Williamsville, N.Y.

Farm Credit East is a customer-owned agricultural cooperative and part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, which is celebrating 96 years of service to American agriculture. Farm Credit East serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Yorkand Rhode Island.

The full Farm Credit East Board includes 12 stockholder-elected directors and three appointed directors who bring additional skills and capabilities to the boardroom. In addition to those elected to leadership and Executive Committee positions the Board also includes: Henry Adams, Shortsville, N.Y.; Robert R. Brown II, Waterport, N.Y.; Samuel G. Conard, Hillsborough, N.J.; Benjamin J. Freund, East Canaan, Conn.; Laurie K. Griffen, Stillwater, N.Y.; Ann P. Hudson, Suffield, Conn.; Henry L. Huntington, Loudon, N.H.; Peggy Jo Jones, Boise, Idaho; and Abbott W. Lee, Chatsworth, N.J.


Farm Credit East extends more than $4.35 billion in loans and has 19 local offices in its six-state service area. In addition to loans and leases, the organization also offers a full range of agriculturally specific financial services for businesses related to farming, horticulture, forestry and commercial fishing. Farm Credit East is governed by a 15-person board of directors.

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