The members of GreenStone Farm Credit Services have elected four people to the cooperative’s board of directors, including three returning incumbents and one new board member, David McConnachie.
McConnachie, of Sanilac County, Mich., was elected to a four-year term on the board representing the members in the association’s voting Region 2. A farmer for 44 years, McConnachie and his family work about 1,000 acres of wheat, sugarbeets and dry beans on their farm in Deckerville.
“GreenStone holds a lot of farmer capital; I’d like to use my experience to help set direction and policy to ensure that farm capital is preserved for future generations for all of agriculture, large and small,” McConnachie says. “The GreenStone organization is big enough that it can influence policies, and I’d like to enhance the effort to promote rural communities, so they continue to be a great place to raise a family.”
McConnachie takes the seat of retiring board member Thomas Durand of Sanilac County.
The three incumbents re-elected to four-year terms include: Ronald Lucas, Alpena County, Region 1; Peter Maxwell, Midland County, Region 1; and Scott Roggenbuck, Huron County, Region 2.
In addition, GreenStone’s members elected 22 people to serve on the cooperative’s 2020 nominating committee, including one alternate from each region. The nominating committee is comprised of GreenStone members from throughout the organization’s territory who are tasked with recruiting candidates for the next year’s board elections and nominating committee.
Members of the 2020 nominating committee are:
Region 1. Barbara Krupp, Saginaw County; Jeremy Werth, Alpena County; (alternate) Eric Blaine, Saginaw County
Region 2. Michael Noll, Sanilac County; Timothy Ruggles, Tuscola County; (alternate) Greg Ackerman, Tuscola County
Region 3. Mark Baker, Hillsdale County; Jeffrey Horning, Washtenaw County; William "Lyn" Uphaus; Washtenaw County; (alternate) Thomas Schroeder, Hillsdale County
Region 4. Jason Scramlin, Barry County; Larry Walton, St. Joseph County; (alternate) Bruce Butchbaker, Cass County
Region 5. Conrad Bovee, Gratiot County; Abraham Pasch, Isabella County; (alternate) Keith Bouwkamp; Newaygo County
Region 6. Matthew Keilen, Clinton County; Bradley Ritter, Shiawassee County; (alternate) Douglas Irrer, Clinton County
Region 7. Kevin Carlson, Marinette County; Jason Walechka, Kewaunee County; (alternate) Aaron Behnke, Marinette County