Farm Credit East and CoBank Provide $10,000 to the Farmer Veteran Coalition

Farm Credit East and CoBank have donated $10,000 to support outreach efforts of the newly formed New York chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. The Farmer Veteran Coalition boasts about 8,000 members nationwide, and by the end of the year will have nine state chapters, including its newest in New York.

“Farm Credit East is pleased to provide support to help veterans who are interested in agricultural careers,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “The Farm Credit System supports the national Farmer Veteran Coalition, so it’s a natural fit to support statewide efforts in the Northeast.”


“As the Farmer Veteran Coalition continues to grow, state chapters are one of the ways to broaden the Coalition’s reach,” said Michael O’Gorman, Farmer Veteran Coalition Executive Director. “We greatly appreciate Farm Credit East’s and CoBank’s support for the New York chapter.”

“As the New York chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition begins its activities, the financial contribution from Farm Credit East and CoBank will help support outreach efforts,” said John Lemondes, President of the New York chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and owner of Elly’s Acres Farm in Jamesville, NY. “We look forward to connecting veterans across the state who are interested in agriculture with other veterans and the resources they need.”


Farm Credit East’s $5,000 donation was matched by CoBank through its Sharing Success program. Sharing Success was established in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of the Cooperative.

“Sharing Success has had a broader and deeper impact than we ever imagined,” said Tom Halverson, CoBank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted with the growing participation in the program by our customers, and deeply grateful to them for their assistance in identifying worthy charitable causes deserving of our support. We are proud to partner with Farm Credit East once again and to support this important initiative.”