Community banks provide unflinching support to farm customers in a competitive banking landscape, shrinking market and challenging regulation. Despite the obstacles, these ag lenders have found ways to plant seeds of growth for their clients.
Independent Banker’s annual listing top-performing community banks of 2021 alongside interviews with some of the winners. In true community bank fashion, each has its own story to tell and its own path to success.
The community bankers serving agricultural communities know how to roll up their sleeves and help with harvest, move cattle and work alongside their customers. Their commitment to keeping rural communities alive is unmatched in the banking industry. Here are some of the community banks sustaining rural America.
The dust from 2020 is finally beginning to settle, and that gives us an opportunity to look back at the hard work community banks put in to serve their customers. Our top lenders made the most of one of the toughest years in recent memory through personal connection, ingenuity and dedication to their communities.
Independent Banker’s annual listing of America’s best-performing community banks shows that nimble thinking and an adherence to good old-fashioned customer service can bring success, whatever the circumstances.
Our annual list of the year’s top-performing community banks boasts institutions that focus on efficiency and the personal service that builds strong, lasting relationships. Their success last year has set them up to ride out this year’s storm. Less Than $300 Million By William Atkinson State Bank of Wheaton stays lean and green Drew Donnelly, […]
The U.S. agriculture industry continues to see big-picture changes, from consumer trends to erratic weather conditions, but community banks are there for them. That puts them in a key position to support agricultural innovation and help push the industry forward. By Ed Avis The pressure on America’s farmers is evolving. Climate change makes the weather less […]
The 2018 farm bill opened the floodgates for banks looking to service hemp growers and businesses. But there are still decisions that state and federal regulators, as well as community banks and producers, need to make regarding this market. By Katie Kuehner-Hebert While Congress debates whether banks can serve cannabis-related businesses, the federal government is now […]
For financial institutions, banking cannabis-related businesses remains in legal purgatory due to conflicting state and federal laws. But some banks are making the business case for banking these customers before federal protections are put in place. By Judith Sears Conflicting federal and state laws are keeping the banking of cannabis-related businesses (CRBs) in limbo. As […]
Every year, ICBA calculates the top community bank loan producers in the agricultural, commercial and consumer categories, broken down by asset size. This year’s lending leaders can point to many different success factors, but at the heart of it all is second-to-none customer service. Read on for their stories.