Community banks grow alongside their ag customers

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.

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Who made ICBA’s 2021 list of Top Lenders?

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.

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ICBA’s best-performing community banks of 2020

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.

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ICBA’s best-performing community banks

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, […]

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Community banks are financing ag innovation

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 […]

Could hemp be your bank’s next lending market?

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 […]

Community banks are still in limbo on cannabis

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 […]

ICBA’s 2018 top lenders: Who made the cut?

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.

The lenders that support specialty crops

Cattle, grain and dairy farms are under pressure, but what about other kinds of agriculture? We step outside the Midwest to visit fruit and vegetable farms and the lenders that support them.