Farm Credit East supports local military veterans who are farming and are partnering with other Farm Credit associations across the country to sponsor an event on Capitol Hill to highlight the contributions of farmer veterans. This event is in coordination with the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

Attending this event with Farm Credit East are veterans Jamie Critelli, former Army Reserve captain and owner of Floral Beauty Greenhouses in Elmira, N.Y. and John Lemondes, retired Army colonel and owner of Elly’s Acres Farm in Jamesville, N.Y. John also works with the American Sheep Industry Association. Also attending is Pete Frizzell, a former Army paratrooper and infantryman. Pete works with Crop Growers, LLP as a Northeast Marketing agent and coordinates farmer veteran activities for Farm Credit East.

In addition, Farm Credit East is contributing farm products from two Northeast farmer veterans: Maple syrup from Peaceful Valley Maple Farms in Johnstown, N.Y. and honey from Ole McDonald’s Honey Farm in Fultonville, N.Y.

“Farm Credit East’s support of farmer veterans goes beyond providing financial assistance,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “By providing business planning workshops, increasing community awareness, investing in programs and promoting events, we aim to give back to veterans and help them succeed.”

The Farm Credit event on Capitol Hill is being held on June 2 to showcase the contributions of farmer veterans and celebrate the success of the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s Homegrown By Heroes program. The event is presented by Farm Credit in collaboration with the House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R–TX–11) and Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson (D–MN–7).