Farm Credit Affiliation
Farm Credit East
Lombardi, Jr. grew up on a small poultry farm in southeastern Connecticut and
went into farming himself at an early age. By the mid-1990s, John and a former high school classmate had expanded his operation, Southern New England
Eggs, into a diversified operation included a regional feed
mill, a 1.1-million bird laying operation, a team of contract growers, and an
egg distribution network. Among other business accomplishments, John was
instrumental in the development of the Eggland’s Best brand, differentiating his eggs from the standard commodity market.
began financing with Farm Credit in 1960, and as his business grew, so did his
relationship with Farm Credit. He was elected by his fellow cooperative members
as a director to the Southern New England Farm Credit board from 1975-1984, and
to the First Pioneer Farm Credit board from 1991-2006, where he served as board
chairman from 1995-2004.
business as well as my involvement with First Pioneer Farm Credit, I have been
passionate about promoting efficiency and setting goals to enhance the
industry,” says John. “I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Farm Credit
boards for approximately 24 years, and worked to create a strong financial institution
that understood and supported the farming industry.”
chairman, John oversaw the consolidation of four associations into one
innovative cooperative. His visionary leadership helped set the foundation for today’s
Farm Credit East, which is a $5.9 billion lending cooperative serving
farmer-members throughout the northeast.
his tenure at First Pioneer, John was also a steadfast supporter of the
financial services side of the business, encouraging expanded consulting and
financial services. As chairman, he had a commitment to helping the farmers of
the northeast to diversify and take the next steps towards growing their
operations. He was an early proponent of the Young, Beginning and Small Farmer
program, as he recognized the challenges for young and beginning farmers.
the agricultural industry has evolved, the farmers that have prospered are very
efficient and have developed skills and products that are second to none,” says John. “I continue to support Farm Credit’s involvement with our
farmers and have the utmost respect for this institution. Just as Farm Credit continues to do, we must all support the American farming industry.”
retired from his agricultural business involvements in the early 2000s. Since then,
he has continued his service to the community as Chairman of the Board of the
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, where he helps to strengthen local
businesses and spotlight an often overlooked area of the state. He also owns
and manages an excavation, sand and gravel manufacturing operation.
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