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Robbins named to Farm Credit East board

May 09, 2019
James A. Robbins II

Enfield, Conn. — Farm Credit East, a farmer-owned cooperative lender, has elected James A. Robbins II of Searsmont as one of four new board members.

Elected were:

Kurt Alstede of Chester, N.J., founder, owner and general manager of Alstede Farms, LLC, a 600-acre vertically integrated fruit and vegetable operation.

Peter Call of Batavia, N.Y., president of My-T Acres, Inc., an 8,500-acre vegetable and grain operation.

Laurie Griffen of Stillwater, N.Y., co-owner and operator of Saratoga Sod Farm, a 700-acre turfgrass sod farm, also growing 500 acres of corn and soybeans.

James Robbins II of Searsmont, president of Robbins Lumber Inc., a fully integrated sawmill that manages 27,000 acres of timberland.

At its April 30 reorganization meeting, the board re-elected Matthew Beaton, of Wareham, Mass., as its chairman and re-elected Laurie Griffen of Stillwater, N.Y., as vice chairman. The executive committee also includes Peter Call of Batavia, N.Y., and John Knopf of Canandaigua, N.Y.

Farm Credit East is a customer-owned agricultural cooperative and part of the nationwide Farm Credit System. Farm Credit East serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

The full Farm Credit East board is composed of 16 directors, including Michael N. Brooks, Elmer, N.J.; Tim C. Chan, Claremont, N.H.; Skip Hardie, Lansing, N.Y.; Philip “Jamie” Jones, Shelton, Conn.; LouAnne F. King, Madrid, N.Y.; Lisa P. Sellew, Lebanon, Conn.; Douglas W. Shelmidine, Adams, N.Y.; Keith M. Stolzenburg, East Amherst, N.Y.; Peter H. Triandafillou, Orono, Maine; and Terry Zittel, Eden, N.Y.

Farm Credit East extends $7.0 billion in loans to farmers, commercial fishermen and forest products producers throughout its seven-state service area.

Robbins, 46, heads a fifth-generation sawmill that produces Eastern White Pine lumber. Robbins is also manager of Georges River Energy LLC, a biomass power plant that burns wood waste to produce electrical power. For more information, visit He is also a director of Robbins Distribution LLC.

Robbins is a past Farm Credit East nominating committee member and previously served on the association board (2016-2018). He is also past president of the Maine Wood Products Association and a member of the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

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