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2018 FSB Ag Summit

On August 15, Forreston State Bank hosted its second annual “Ag Summit” event, for the Bank’s agriculture customers and other guests. More than 140 people attended the event, which was held at Barnacopia in Polo. After a catered dinner, guests heard an informative and engaging presentation by Eric Snodgrass from the Department of Atmospheric Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The title of his talk was “Managing Weather Risk in Agriculture.” Click here to read more and view Eric's slides.

New Blog Post - Online dating Scams - Affecting the young and the elderly

According to the FBI, over $220 million was lost in 2016 to online romance scam artists. Online dating scams are affecting the young and the elderly. Do you know the signs to help protect yourself or a loved one? Check out our latest blog post to learn more! Click here to read more.

New Blog Post - Finding the Balance

Do you ever wonder if the balance is really attainable? We chat about this in our new blog post. What little things do you do to help productivity? Click here to read more.

New Blog Post - Home Improvements that could really pay off.

If you are thinking about making home improvements, you should check out our first blog post! Find out what improvements could really pay off. Click here to read more.

We are pleased to announce that Kim Rampenthal recently joined our team as Director of Business Development.

We are very excited about this newly created position and know Kim will be a great addition to our team! Click here to read more.

Is an HSA a good fit for you?

"National health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.6 percent per year for 2016-2025." An article from Forbes.com states, “Health Insurance is The Scary Hole In America's Financial Plans”. Our Marketing Specialist, Amanda Pierce, chats with Keith Chech from WFPS 92.1 FM about this and the features of an HSA when paired up with a high-deductible health plan. 

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Does decision fatigue affect you?

Do you know how decision fatigue can affect the quality of your decisions? The holidays have passed, but have you replaced the holiday stress with planning a vacation, taxes, and/or other projects? Our Marketing Specialist, Amanda Pierce, chats with Keith Chech from WFPS 92.1 FM about decision fatigue and some of our bank products that might help.

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Join us for Estate Planning Basics

Join us Wednesday, March 14th, and Tuesday, March 27th as experienced attorneys Plager, Krug, Bauer & Rudolph, Ltd. discuss the basics and review current trends and new developments in estate planning. Click here for more details.

"The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on our blessings and to seek out ways to make life better for those around us”

Our Marketing Specialist, Amanda Pierce, chats with Keith Chech from WFPS 92.1 FM about Holiday shopping and how we are teaming up with the community to help bring that magical moment to those less fortunate.

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"Alexa, I want fries with that." Amazon works to find solutions for your busy lifestyle. We think that's a great idea.

Did you know that 62% of food ordered will not be consumed in a restaurant? We are there. Digital food ordering. What's that mean? We are busy. Our Marketing Specialist, Amanda Pierce, chats with Keith Chech from WFPS 92.1 FM about this and how it's possible to find banking solutions that fit your style.

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Cyber criminals have stolen 143 million credit records in the recent hacking scandal at big-three credit bureau Equifax.

At this point, you have to assume that the bad guys have highly personal information that they can use to trick you. Read more.

Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State Climatologist was the featured speaker at FSB Ag Summit

Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State Climatologist, was the featured speaker at a crop weather outlook and market insight meeting held at the Barnacopia, Polo, IL. Dr. Taylor spoke on the USDA crop report, US drought index, aridity index, and estimated crop yields. Also speaking was commodity broker, Brent Sandahl, who provided attendees with insight into possible markets highs and lows for the coming year.

Ed Vock, Senior Vice-President with Forreston State Bank, stated the summit was planned by the bank because the success of the agricultural sector is important to the local community. Providing resources like Dr. Taylor and Mr. Sandahl can help farmers with challenging markets or weather. The summit was sponsored by Carroll County Farm Bureau, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Ogle County Farm Bureau and Forreston State Bank.

. Click here for Dr. Taylor's presentation slides | Click here for video presentation

Ryan Martz appointed to IBA Agricultural Advisory Committee

As a Member of the Agricultural Advisory Committee, Ryan will keep agricultural bankers informed of major agricultural-related issues while recommending policy positions on agricultural issues, and interacting with other agricultural related groups to achieve its goals. Read more.

Forreston State Bank to help HCC Agriculture program grow - literally

Forreston State Bank CEO Jeff Snyder recently announced that the Bank is pledging significant support toward Highland Community College’s Agriculture program for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Specifically, they will become one of the key sponsors of instructional activities on the Agriculture program’s test plot located on farm property owned by the Highland Community College Foundation adjacent to campus. Read more.

Thinking about switching? We make it easy with our Switch Kit

If you think that it’s going to be a hassle to switch from your current financial institution to us, we have great news! Read more.

 

 

 

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