Chris LaughtonDirector of Knowledge Exchange, Farm Credit East / Certified Land Access Trainer
Chris is the Director of Knowledge Exchange at Farm Credit East, an agricultural financial services cooperative. In his role there he is responsible for research and analysis of Northeast agriculture. He conducts outreach to the diverse agricultural communities of the region, and oversees Farm Credit East’s customer education programs, including benchmarking, webinars, and live events.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Cornell University, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a master of science in applied and resource economics from the University of Connecticut.
Chris grew up in Eastern Massachusetts, where he worked in his family’s greenhouse/nursery business before joining Farm Credit East. He also volunteers for the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program, which provides training to farmers and farm groups in developing countries.