Farmers State Bank - About Us

In the News

Farm Field

Pollination is over, for the most part, in our Pike County plot in Pittsfield. Some green silks are being pollinated on second ears or on shorter late emerging stalks, but the primary ears are showing brown silks and with near perfect weather, pollination has not been a problem. The variety differences are beginning to appear. Some height and color differences can be seen from the County Highway I-72 overpass. The corn that is shorter and slightly more yellow, due to standing water, is still putting on an ear. The prospects of very good corn are high, as to date.

P.S. Keep a close watch on your soybean fields for Japanize beetles and check with your chemical rep on spraying fungicide.

Farmers State Bank Awards $6,000 of Scholarships

Each year Farmers State Bank awards Achievement scholarships to graduating seniors from each of the market areas it serves. A total of $117,000 in scholarships has been awarded since Farmers State Bank began awarding them in 1989.

Recently $6,000 of scholarships were presented to:

  • Jerseyville - One $1,000 Jersey Community High School Achievement Scholarship.
  • Winchester -- One $1,000 scholarship for any Scott County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a Winchester High School student.
  • White Hall - One $1,000 North Greene High School Scholarship.
  • Pittsfield - One $1,000 scholarship for any Pike County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a Pittsfield High School student.

Allison Fox - $1,000 Pike County Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Barb McTucker, Farmers State Bank Vice President on left.

Marie Rush - $1,000 Pittsfield High School Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Barb McTucker, Farmers State Bank Vice President on left.

Cole Evans - $1,000 Winchester High School Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Nichole Mason, Farmers State Bank Vice President on left.

Emily Lashmett - $1,000 Scott County Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Nichole Mason, Farmers State Bank Vice President on left.

Sid Sarginson - $1,000 Jersey County Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Michael LaTempt, Farmers State Bank Assistant Vice President, on right.

Gabriel Mullink - $1,000 North Greene Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Jackie Goode, Farmers State Bank Branch Sales and Customer Development Manager on left.

Man and Women hold envelope

Farmers State Bank Donates $229.81 to North Greene Spartans

Les Stevens, Superintendent of North Greene School District (left) is pictured receiving a donation from Farmers State Bank Branch Sales and Customer Development Manager, Jackie Goode, as a result of the bank’s Spartan Card program. The donation will be added to the education fund.

Farmers State Bank customers that have a Spartan Debit Card show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time. .25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Corn image against blue sky.

Six Feet Tall – Fourth of July

6 foot tall by July 4th. Rapid growth has continued; over 10 inches during the last week and the stalk strength is good. The weather has been what our grandfathers called “corn weather” for the past 15 days. Stressed areas have greened up, but are still slightly shorter and lighter in color. Most of the plot is very even and stalk and root development is consistent throughout all the varieties. When tasseling starts, the varieties’ differences will start to appear.

Pittsfield High School: Left to Right: Murray Martin - Famers State Bank Senior Vice President, Ethan Mangham, Julie Mountain, and Nevin

Griggsville-Perry: Front Row Left to Right: Joseph Myers, Riley Bradshaw, and FFA/Ag Teacher Chris Miller.
Back Row Left to Right: Isaac Whitaker, Murray Martin - Farmers State Bank Senior Vice President, , Chance Vose, Nevin Grigsby Farmers State Bank Executive Vice President, Carl Liehr, and Hayden Bradshaw.

Pleasant Hill: Left to Right: Blake Robb, Nevin Grigsby, -Farmers State Bank Executive Vice President, Kyle Mowen, Rebeka Mowen, Pam Hirst, Carrisa Moore and Murray Martin - Farmers

Gray Trust Gifts Over $40,000 to Pike County FFA Chapters

The Richard L. Gray Perpetual Charitable Trust recently gifted over $40,000 to Pike County Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters. The Pike County FFA chapters include Pittsfield, Pleasant Hill, and Griggsville-Perry high schools. Each school received $200.00 per student enrolled in FFA. 

The Gray Trust was established by the late Richard L. Gray who designated Farmers State Bank in Pittsfield as trustee to distribute his money for purposes that prevent animal cruelty and promote the welfare of animals.

Farmers State Bank Executive Vice President Nevin Grigsby says, “We are very excited for the opportunity this provides the Pike County FFA chapters.  It is the schools’ discretion how the gift money is used so long as they abide by Mr. Gray’s wishes.”  

Each school says the money from the Gray Trust will help the students learn more about the welfare of animals and help them educate others on the prevention of cruelty to animals. Each school has used gifts from the Gray Trust differently. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to expand their knowledge on the welfare of animals,” says Chris Miller, Griggsville-Perry’s FFA teacher.

Kyle Mowen, a member of Pleasant Hill’s FFA, says the money last year was used at his school to build dog houses for local community members and is excited to continue those efforts. Pleasant Hill’s FFA teacher Beth Arnold says they also purchased an online curriculum about proper livestock management with money gifted from Mr. Gray. The schools have not yet decided how they will spend this gift, but are looking forward to exploring new opportunities for their FFA chapters.

 

Man handing shaking hands with another man.

Farmers State Bank Donates $112.13 to West Central Cougars

Denny Vortman, Principal of Winchester High School (left), is pictured receiving a donation from Kent Coultas, Personal Banker/Teller – Farmers State Bank, as a result of the bank’s Cougar Card program. The funds will be used for curriculum supplies.

Farmers State Bank customers that have a Cougar Debit Card show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time. .25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Man handing shaking hands with student.

Farmers State Bank Empowers Local Students with Web-based Financial Literacy Program

One of the 37 North Greene High School students to have successfully completed the Farmers State Bank Financial Scholars Program is pictured receiving a certificate of completion from Farmers State Bank Assistant Vice President, Willie Rees during the High School’s awards ceremony on May 9th, 2014.

The Farmers State Bank Financial Scholars is a web-based program that uses the latest in new media technologies – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.

The 10-unit course offers 6 hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards.

North Greene, Jersey Community, Pittsfield and Winchester High School students have dedicated more than 1,177 hours this year to a Financial Literacy learning course. The Farmers State Bank Financial Scholars Program has proven to captivate students’ attention and help educate them on these complex financial topics. Last year, students improved their financial knowledge from 67% proficiency to 84% proficiency by the end of the program. Most notably, students saw a significant increase in investing knowledge, jumping from 50% to 83%.

Group picture of money being donated.

Left: Pictured left to right: Bill McCartney, Economic Development, City of Pittsfield; Nevin Grigsby, Executive Vice President, Farmers State Bank; Debbie Lambeth, Pike County Animal Warden; John Hayden, Mayor, City of Pittsfield; Murray Martin, Senior Vice President, Farmers State Bank.

Group picture of money being donated.

Left: Pictured left to right: Shelly Coleman, Animal Shelter employee, holding Sierra; Joe Dierker, Senior Trust Officer, Farmers State Bank; Debbie Lambeth, Pike County Animal Warden, holding Runner; Nevin Grigsby, Executive Vice President, Farmers State Bank; Both Sierra and Runner are available for adoption to a good home through the Pike County Animal Shelter.

$80,000 Donated to the City of Pittsfield and Pike County Animal Control

Farmers State Bank, trustee of the Gray Trust, gifted $80,000 from the trust to the City of Pittsfield and Pike County Animal Control May 5, 2014. A gift of $50,000 was given to the City of Pittsfield, owner of the Pike County animal shelter building, for immediate capital improvements. A total of $30,000 was distributed to the Pike County Animal Control to assist with the spay and neuter program and other animal welfare needs.

According to Nevin Grigsby, Executive Vice President of Farmers State Bank, the bank, serving as trustee, is pleased to be able to help promote the care and humanity of animals in Pike County, while following the wishes of the late Richard Gray, grantor of the trust. “The various projects decided upon will be left to each recipient’s discretion, subject to abiding by the terms of the trust,” Grigsby further explained.

The City of Pittsfield will use the Gray Trust donation to make immediate improvements and help upgrade the animal shelter facility. “Currently, we can only do so much with the funds we presently have,” says Mayor John Hayden. “Most of the money we have now is used for operating expenses. This money will help us make major improvements to the shelter and utilize local contractors for the job.”

“This gift will help us in so many ways,” says Debbie Lambeth, Pike County Animal Warden. “We need insulation, fences, dog houses and so much more.”

As for the Pike County Animal Control, Lambeth says the Gray Trust donation will enable the shelter to better treat animals by assisting in the purchase of much-needed medicine and dog food. “This money means so much to us,” says Lambeth. “We have used it in the past for the spay and neuter program and have seen a tremendous decrease in the litters of pups and kittens, not to mention people are more willing to adopt if an animal has been spayed or neutered. We are just so appreciative of the Gray Trust.”

The Richard L Gray Perpetual Charitable Trust is a trust created to provide funds to any one or more exempt organizations that engage in the prevention of cruelty to animals or which promote the welfare of animals. To receive information about the Richard L Gray Perpetual Charitable Trust, e-mail trustdept@farmersstate.com.

A man and women holding a check.

Farmers State Bank Donates $102.52 to Jersey Community High School Panthers

Lori Hopkins, Superintendent of Jersey CUSD #100, (left) is pictured receiving a $102.52 donation from Farmers State Bank Assistant Vice President, Michael LaTempt, as a result of the bank’s Panther Card program. The funds will be used for curriculum supplies.

Farmers State Bank customers that have a Panther Debit Card show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time. .25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Farmers State Bank’s Year Round Dedication to Financial Literacy

April is Financial Literacy month. And Farmers State Bank is a leader in providing financial literacy education not only in April but all year long in all the markets it serves.

Katie Davis (pictured), heads up the Bank's Bank at School effort which involves all 80 fifth grade Pikeland Community School students. Katie, a Farmers State Bank employee, teaches the students about the history of money, how to open an account, make deposits, manage a savings account, why and how to save, interest, loans and how to earn money.

Ms. Davis teaches one day a month for the 9 month school year. Farmers State Bank has been operating Bank at School in Pittsfield for 17 years and has helped educate over 1,360 students on financial literacy.

Teacher standing in front of students in class

Jersey Community, North Greene, Pittsfield and Winchester High School students have dedicated more than 1,177 hours this year to a Financial Literacy learning course. For the third consecutive year, Farmers State Bank has granted students access to this web-based, consumer-education aligned program called the Farmers State Bank Financial Scholars Program. Using the latest in new media technology – simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive pathing.

The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, student loans, taxes, stocks, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to state and national financial literacy standards. The course uniquely tracks the progress and scores of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

The Farmers State Bank Financial Scholars Program has proven to captivate students’ attention and help educate them on these complex financial topics. Last year, students improved their financial knowledge from 67% proficiency to 84% proficiency by the end of the program. Most notably, students saw a significant increase in investing knowledge, jumping from 50% to 83%.

Group of kids.

Photo of Those completing the Farmers State Bank Financial Scholars Program – North Greene High School 2013.

Kids with Easter bunny.

Farmers State Bank Donates $225.00 to the White Hall Police Department

Luke Coultas, White Hall Police Chief (right), is receiving a check for $225 donation from Dan Henry, Vice President – Farmers State Bank, as a result of the White Hall Easter Lions Egg Hunt.

106 children donated $2 each to have a picture taken with the Easter Bunny and the photo placed in a special Easter card. All of the proceeds were contributed to the White Hall Police Department who planned to use the money for next year’s Easter egg hunt to help purchase supplies, candy, and prizes. Farmers State Bank provided the film for the camera and the Easter cards.

Kids with Easter bunny.

Farmers State Bank Sponsors Winchester Easter Egg Hunt

1,200 eggs stuffed with chocolate, taffy, sweet tarts and skittles were scattered into three sections of the lawn corresponding to age groups the children were divided into; age 0 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 through 9. Additionally, each participating chi

ld received a treat bag with pencils, balloons, a chocolate marshmallow bunny and candy.

The hunt was frenzied; besides the candy in the eggs, the children had an additional reason to gather as many eggs as possible because one lucky child from each age group had the opportunity to find a special egg that had a ticket inside that said winner. Winners received a huge Easter basket overflowing with goodies.

Farmers State Bank has been conducting the Easter Egg hunt, held on Good Friday, in Winchester since the bank opened its Winchester Office 19 years ago in 1995.

Kids with Easter bunny.

Farmers State Bank Sponsors Jerseyville Easter Egg Hunt

Good Friday was really sweet for 90 children that came to the Easter Egg hunt held on the front lawn of Farmers State Bank on April 18th.

Sixlets, Smarties, gum, Laffy Taffy, and Rolos were crammed into 900 eggs and spread on the lawn into three sections of the lawn corresponding to age groups the children were divided into; 0-3, 4-6 and 7-9.

The children had an additional reason to find as many eggs as possible besides the candy. One egg from each age group had a piece of paper inside that said winner. Each winner received a huge Easter basket overflowing with goodies.

Farmers State Bank has held an Easter Egg hunt in Jerseyville every year for 12 years since the bank opened for business in 2002.

Kids with Easter bunny.
Kids with Easter bunny.

Luke Coultas, White Hall Police Chief (right), is receiving a check for $225 donation from Dan Henry, Vice President – Farmers State Bank.

White Hall Easter Egg Hunt

Approximately 300 children attended the 2014 White Hall Police Department Easter Egg Hunt April 12th at the Lion’s Park.

Over 1,000 eggs were stuffed with chocolate, sweet tarts, etc. and were scattered into three sections of the lawn corresponding to age groups the children were divided into; 0 to 1, 2 to 3, 4 to 5, 6 to 7, and 8 to 9.

Children also could get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Each child received an Easter card with a photo of them with the Easter Bunny inside. Farmers State Bank provided the cards and $2 donations were collected from the photos. All proceeds were donated to the White Hall Police Department

Women handing check to man.

Farmers State Bank Donates $138.71 to North Greene Spartans

Les Stevens, Superintendent of North Greene School District (left) is pictured receiving a donation from Farmers State Bank Branch Sales and Customer Development Manager, Jackie Goode, as a result of the bank’s Spartan Card program. The funds will be used for curriculum supplies.

Farmers State Bank customers that have a Spartan Debit Card show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time. .25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Ag Forum Take-Away

Farmers State Bank conducted the Nutrient Best Management Practices and Cover Crop Strategies Forum on March 11th at its Pittsfield office.

One major take away of those that attended the Forum was “Split application of nitrogen increases corn yields by 16 bushels per acre and only increases costs nine bushels per acre leaving 5 or 6 bushels per acres as incremental profit. That’s $10,000 more profit with 500 acres and $20,000 more profit with 1,000 acres with $4.oo corn”.

Presenters were Dan Schaefer the Director of Nutrient Stewardship at the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices and Dean Oswald the Cover Crop Specialist from Midwest Grass and Forage.

Group listening to speaker.
Group image of chili cookoff.

Farmers State Bank volunteers pictured left to right: Kent Coultas, Jeff Duncan, Nichole Mason, Amy Gregory, Debbie Foster, and Chrissy Willis.

Farmers State Bank Volunteers in Winchester EMS Chili Cook-Off

$3,700 were raised for the Winchester EMS at their Annual Chili Cook-Off held on Saturday, January 25th. Winchester EMS, a not-for-profit, is the only local ambulance service in Winchester. Farmers State Bank was one of 16 teams that participated in the cook-off serving over 400.

Farmers State Bank Pledges $6,000 in Scholarships

Farmers State Bank announced that is granting $6,000 in scholarships for 2014.

  • Pittsfield - One $1,000 scholarship for any Pike County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a Pittsfield High School student.
  • Winchester -- One $1,000 scholarship for any Scott County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a West Central High School student
  • White Hall – One $1,000 North Greene High School Scholarship
  • Jerseyville – One $1,000 Jersey Community High School Achievement Scholarship

This will bring the total amount of scholarships funded to $117,000 since the bank began awarding scholarships in 1989 to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

The 2013 scholarship recipients were:

Caleb Long – Scott County Achievement Scholarship
Cynthia Courier – West Central High School Achievement Scholarship
Paige Phelps – Jersey County Achievement Scholarship
Jeremy Mallinckrodt – Pike County Achievement Scholarship
Caitlin Harter – Pittsfield High School Achievement Scholarship
Austin Hallock – North Greene Achievement Scholarship

Fraud forum

Nevin Grigsby, Executive Vice President – Farmers State Bank is pictured making the presentation.

Reassuring News About Your Debit Card and Data Breach

Customers were reassured, during a Fraud Prevention Forum held February 6th at Farmers State Bank in Pittsfield, that it is still safe to use their debit cards in the wake of the recent Target data breach. Customers learned:

  • Vital actions the bank uses to ensure customers are effectively protected
    1. 24-hr fraud protection team in place – customers with compromised cards are notified by phone of the issue
    2. Bank puts money, lost during reported debit card fraud, back into customers’ account, at its own cost
    3. Bank replaces potentially compromised cards at its expense
  • A data breach is not necessarily identity theft and additional information may be needed for the criminals to steal your identity
  • Savvy steps to take to be protected from identity theft.
  • Cardholder safety tips.

Farmers State Bank Donates $1,156 to Local Charities

Farmers State Bank donated $1,156 to four local charities as a result of the Santa Dollars charity fund raiser conducted by the bank.

Santa Dollars were sold for $2.50 each, which included a Santa Dollar; a collectible keepsake that is real United States currency with a Santa seal that covers George Washington, and a special gift envelope. $1.00 from each Santa Dollar sold was donated to charity with the bank matching dollar for dollar the amount raised from the sales; doubling the amount raised for charity.

Santa Dollars were sold by Farmers State Bank at all its offices; Pittsfield, Jerseyville, Winchester, White Hall, and Hull. $250 was donated to a charity from each of four counties the bank serves.

Jersey County Businesses volunteered to decorate a Christmas tree at their establishment as part of a Tree Decorating Contest. The tree receiving the most donations was the winner. People were asked if they would like to donate to the food pantry – the charity selected by the bank to receive the donation. $156 was raised and donated by Farmers State Bank to the Jersey County Food Pantry which made the food pantry the real winner.

President of the Pike County Unmet Needs, Stephanie Dehart, (right) and Barb McTucker, Vice President - Farmers State Bank.

Director of the North Greene Food Pantry, Gale Custer, (right) and Tara Plogger, Personal Banker/ Teller - Farmers State Bank.

Kenneth and Marsha Mayner of the Outreach Community Center, (right) and Nichole Mason, Vice President - Farmers State Bank.

Paula Baumgartner, Manager of the Jersey County Food Pantry, (left) and Pat Goetten, Vice President - Farmers State Bank.

West Central Cougars Donation

Farmers State Bank Donates $175.04 to West Central Cougars

Denny Vortman, Principal of West Central High School (left) is pictured receiving a donation from Farmers State Bank Vice President, Nichole Mason, as a result of the bank’s Cougar Card program. The funds will be used for curriculum supplies for Illinois State testing days.

Farmers State Bank customers that have a Cougar Debit Card show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time. .25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Two men standing holding donation.

Farmers State Bank Donates $156.70 to North Greene Spartans

Les Stevens, Superintendent of North Greene School District (left) is pictured receiving a donation from Farmers State Bank Vice President, Dan Henry, as a result of the bank’s Spartan Card program. The funds will be used for curriculum supplies. 

Farmers State Bank customers that have a Spartan Debit Card show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time. .25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Santa holidng large Santa dollar bill.
North Greene Food Pantry Director, Gale Custer, is pictured receiving a donation from Jackie Goode, Branch Sales and Customer Service Manager- Farmers State Bank. 


 

Farmers State Bank Donates to
North Greene Food Pantry

Farmers State Bank presented a donation to the North Greene Food Pantry. The holiday season, which is normally the busiest time of the year for the food pantry, is made worse with cuts into the government’s food-stamp program and full-time jobs reduced to part-time.

The pantry is open every Tuesday and distributes food to individuals and families who meet income criteria.

The food pantry recently moved from the Roodhouse Fire Department building to a new location on the corner of Main and Bridgeport in White Hall.

Santa holidng large Santa dollar bill.

Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas is a special time of the year with families gathering to celebrate, feasting and giving gifts. We want the gifts to be special. And what's more special than a gift that is collectible - one you may keep for 20 years or more. That's exactly what many have done with this gift; - a Santa Dollar. This unique present, ideal as a child's stocking stuffer, doubles as a gift to a charity.

Santa Dollars are real United States currency. These special treasury notes have a Santa seal that covers George Washington. The Santa Dollar seal is removable leaving the crisp, new bill intact. People purchase these unique dollars to give as gifts, knowing in doing so, they are helping others, as some of the proceeds go to charity.

Farmers State Bank is selling Santa Dollars at its Pittsfield, Winchester, White Hall, Hull, and Jerseyville offices. The price is $2.50, which includes a greeting card with the Santa Dollar inside, and one dollar will be donated to charity.

The amount raised from the sale of Santa dollars will be matched by the bank dollar for dollar up to $500 for a total maximum donation of $1,000. The donated amount will be split evenly with an equal amount going to a charity in each county where the bank has an office:

  1. Pike County Christmas Baskets, part of Pike County's Unmet Needs Program.
  2. Jersey County - Jersey County Food Pantry
  3. Green County - North Greene Food Pantry
  4. Scott County - Outreach Center
Combine harvesting corn.

Pike Co. Plot Thoughts - Harvest Nov. 20, 2013

Harvest of the Pike County Plot resumed on November 20 with temperatures between 36 and 41 degrees with sleet changing to rain as work progressed. All were thankful there was little wind unlike the howling wind and storm of the previous Sunday. Sunday's storm put about 15 percent of the corn on the ground which required use of the finger wheel which slowed combining considerably but resulted in a maximum harvest.

Yields were surprisingly good with many hybrids coming in at 250 bushels per acre. The corn had also dried down in the field considerably since October 23rd when moisture was 29 percent. Today moisture ranged from 18 to 23 percent. Wet field conditions suspended harvest to a later date.

Man and women holding donation.

North Greene Music Boosters Member, Brian Gruen, is pictured receiving a donation from Jackie Goode, Branch Sales and Customer Service Manager- Farmers State Bank.

Farmers State Bank Donates to North Greene Music Boosters

Farmers State Bank presented a donation to the North Greene Music Boosters as part of their hot chocolate fund raiser.

The Music Boosters sell hot chocolate as a fund raiser during North Greene football games. An agreement was made between the bank and the Music Boosters so that the first 50 cups of hot chocolate were free.

The bank donated the amount 50 hot chocolates would be sold for plus the cost of the chocolate mix back to the Music Boosters. Spectators received 50 free cups and the Music Boosters had the chocolate mix paid for thereby reducing their expense. Everyone wins!

Two women holding donation.

Kim Bauer, Pittsfield High School Saukette dance team coach, left, is pictured receiving a donation from Barb McTucker, Vice President- Farmers State Bank.

Farmers State Bank Donates to Pittsfield High School Saukettes

Farmers State Bank presented the Pittsfield High School Saukette dance team a donation as part of their hot chocolate fund raiser.

The Saukettes sell hot chocolate as a fund raiser during Pittsfield's football games. An agreement was made between the bank and the Saukettes so that the first 50 cups of hot chocolate were free.

The bank donated the amount 50 hot chocolates would be sold for plus the cost of the chocolate mix back to the Saukettes. Spectators received something free and the Saukettes had the chocolate mix paid for thereby reducing their expense. Everyone wins!

Two men standing holding donation.

Farmers State Bank Donates to North Greene Spartans

Les Stevens, Superintendent of North Greene School District is pictured receiving a donation from Farmers State Bank Assistant Vice President Willie Rees. Farmers State Bank debit cardholders show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time.

.25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Image of Nichole Mason

Farmers State Bank Announces Promotion

Lewis M. Grigsby, Jr., President of Farmers State Bank, is pleased to announced that Nichole M. Mason has been appointed to Vice President at Farmers State Bank - Winchester. Mrs. Mason, who has specialized as a Branch Sales and Customer Development Manager, will continue her responsibilities overseeing branch operations, as well as focusing on new customer prospects and build stronger relationships with current customers. Nichole has been with Farmers State Bank since 2007.

Mrs. Mason was employed by another financial institution for three years prior to joining Farmers State Bank. She is also a Veteran; having served two years.

Nichole is beginning her second year as the first female Commander of American Legion Post 442 and is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Winchester. She resides in rural Winchester with her husband Scott and two children.

Kids dressed up in halloween costumes.

Trick-or-Treaters visit Farmers State Bank

Three separate groups of children, totaling over 30, from Sharon's Daycare trick-or-treated throughout the day at Farmers State Bank in Pittsfield on October, 30th and 31st. The Daycare has brought in children to the bank to Trick-or-Treat for years!

Kids dressed up in halloween costumes.

Farmers State Bank Participates in White Hall Safe Halloween

Parents were sure their children had a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Over 200 children visited Farmers State and other Main Street businesses as part of the Safe Halloween event October 31st in White Hall.

Farmers State Bank employees dressed up in costumes and passed out Skittles and Hershey's candy to Trick-or-Treaters. Pictured is Sydney, part-time teller, with some of the Trick-or-Treaters.

Combining corn.
Emptying the corn.

Jerseyville Independent Plot Harvest

The Jerseyville Plot was harvested on Friday, October 25th. The plot results were surprisingly good with yields ranging between 175 bu./acre to 241 bu./acre with a plot average of 212 bu./acre. The moisture levels across the plot varied from 15% to 19.8%. At levels above 15%, the grower is assessed a drying charge, which is deducted from the net settlement for each load of corn. Drying charges for the plot this year averaged 10 cents/bushel, not unreasonable considering the late planting and delayed harvest.

Machine for measuring the moisture in corn.
Measuring the moisture in the corn.

Corn Wetter than Expected

Harvest is finally in full swing in Pike County albeit a full month later than last year. The reason harvest was delayed is because planting was delayed by spring rains. After delayed planting and a cooler summer, a warm fall was needed for a "normal" dry down. What we got instead was a normal, cool fall that resulted in elevated moisture levels of the grain.

The corn from the Bank's Pike County Plot in Pittsfield was tested by JBS United on October 21st and the result was shocking. The moisture level from the north portion of the plot came in, as expected, at 21.5% but the southern part of the field came in at 29.5%!

The north portion of the plot was planted on May 19th, and like many in Pike County, growers have been waiting for the grain to dry down in the field but it's just taking too long.

Planting of the southern portion of the plot was stopped on May 19 by torrential rain. Continuous rains thereafter delayed the completion of planting until June 8th. That's the portion that tested at 29.5%. The test findings indicate we'll probably harvest the early corn first then wait for the later corn to dry on the stalk as much as possible.

Elevators don't want to pay for water in corn so they use a chart that applies charges based on the moisture of the corn delivered. With moisture at 29.5%, it's expensive!

  • The total number of bushels is reduced (discounted) by 20% and
  • There is a drying charge of 63.5 cents per bu

Producers are trying lower drying costs by allowing more drying time which delays harvest. Delaying harvest cuts into the window for fall tillage and nitrogen application; pushing these operations into spring and increasing the work load prior to planting 2014 crops. A real bind!

Image of Amy Gregory.

Farmers State Bank Announces
New Hire

Lewis M. Grigsby, Jr., President of Farmers State Bank, announced that Amy Gregory has joined Farmers State Bank as a Part-Time Teller.

Ms. Gregory will be working out of the Winchester Office. Prior to joining Farmers State Bank, Amy had been a file clerk at the Scott County Circuit Clerk's Office.

Ms. Gregory lives in Winchester with her son, Tyler. She enjoys spending time with her son watching Mickey Mouse T.V. shows, and reading.

Image of Chrissy Willis.

Farmers State Bank
Announces Promotion

Lewis M. Grigsby, Jr., President of Farmers State Bank, announced that Chrissy Willis has been appointed full-time Personal Banker / Teller. Prior to this promotion, Mrs. Willis was a part-time teller.

Mrs. Willis will be floating between Pittsfield Motor Bank, Pittsfield, and Winchester Offices. Prior to joining Farmers State Bank, Chrissy had been a teller at Bank of Springfield in Jacksonville. Mrs. Willis is highly qualified in bookkeeping with over 15 years' experience.

Mrs. Willis lives in Bluffs with her husband, Rick, and their six children. She attends Cornerstone Baptist Church in Winchester and enjoys spending time with her family. Mrs. Willis quoted "I am thrilled to have become an employee of Farmers State Bank back in September 2012 and excited to continue being a part of this staff for many years to come."

Farmers State Bank Participates in Local Parades

Farmers State Bank participated in many parades this fall. Employees handed out candy at these parades;

  • Pittsfield Fall Festival
  • Barry Apple Festival
  • Milton Corn Carnival
  • Winchester EMS Homecoming
  • Hull
  • Griggsville Apple Festival
Farmers State Bank employees handing candy to parade watchers. Farmers State Bank employees handing candy to parade watchers.
Farmers State Bank carrying bank banner in front of truck in parade. FSB kids riding in the truck in the parade.
Farmers State Bank walking and riding in the local parade.
Farmers State Bank employees walking to school with children.

Farmers State Bank Participates in International Walk to School Day

Farmers State Bank employees, Pikeland Unit 10 teachers, students, and other businesses walked to PCS and South School from the Dari Ripple on October 9, 2013 in Pittsfield to participate in International Walk to School day. Walking to school gives children the regular physical activity they need and decreases the risk of obesity.

Farmers State Bank's Jersey County Plot Dinner

One-hundred twenty-two farmers from Jersey and Greene County attended Farmers State Bank's plot dinner held on Thursday September 19th in the front yard of the bank.

The event showcased equipment, tools and vehicles used in the operation of farm business. A tasty grilled supper, ice cream, snow cones and refreshments were served under the tent. Music was provided by Jon Evans, a Carrollton musician. He played guitar and sang and was called excellent by those in attendance.

Seed reps provide their most promising seed varieties to the plot located in Jerseyville. After harvest, the bank records the yields and publishes the results in an independent, unbiased manner. "Customers tell us that the results from our plots provide vital information they use to make seed selections that boost yields and profitability."

Jerseyville Plot Dinner
People gathering outside for dinner.

Farmers State Bank's Pike County Plot Tour and Dinner

Over two hundred twenty five people attended Farmers State Bank's plot tour and dinner held on Thursday September 12th.

The event, held right behind the bank building in Pittsfield, was like a mini farm progress show that showcased the equipment, tools and vehicles used in the operation of farm business.

A tasty grilled supper, ice cream, popcorn, snow cones and refreshments were served to the delight of all that attended under a 1,800 sq. foot tent with live music playing in the background.

Men and women lined up in front of bus.
Men and women lined up in front of bus.

Farmers State Bank hosts Trip to Farm Progress Show

Farmers State Bank hosted a group of producers from Pike, Scott, Greene and Jersey counties on a trip to the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur this past August 28th.

The bank provided transportation, show tickets, lunch, refreshments to and from and dinner. They learned about the newest equipment technologies, precision planting, fuel additives and lubricants to enable older equipment to run longer and how to make a farm operation more efficient.

Men and women sitting at a table during lunch.

Farmers State Bank Sponsors
Lunch 'n Learn

Farmers State Bank conducted a Lunch 'n Learn on August 27th in the community room of its downtown Pittsfield office. The teleseminar featured David Horsager; a business strategist, keynote speaker and author of the National Bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line. Those business and community leaders also received a box lunch.

Farmers State Bank Awards $6,000 of Scholarships

Each year Farmers State Bank awards Achievement scholarships to graduating seniors from each of the market areas it serves. A total of $111,000 in scholarships has been awarded since Farmers State Bank began awarding scholarships in 1989 to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Recently $6,000 of scholarships were presented to:

  • Jerseyville - One $1,000 Jersey Community High School Achievement Scholarship.
  • Winchester -- One $1,000 scholarship for any Scott County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a West Central High School student.
  • White Hall - One $1,000 North Greene High School Scholarship.
  • Pittsfield - One $1,000 scholarship for any Pike County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a Pittsfield High School Graduate.
High School Student receives scholarship check.

Caleb Long - $1,000
Scott County Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Nichole Mason, Branch Sales and Customer Development, Farmers State Bank on right.

High School Student receives scholarship check.

Cynthia Courier - $1,000
West Central High School Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Nichole Mason, Branch Sales and Customer Development, Farmers State Bank on right.

High School Student receives scholarship check.

Paige Phelps - $1,000
Jersey County Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Michael LaTempt, AVP Farmers State Bank, on right.

High School Student receives scholarship check.

Jeremy Mallinckrodt - $1,000
Pike County Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Lewis M. Grigsby, Jr., President Farmers State Bank on left.

High School Student receives scholarship check.

Caitlin Harter - $1,000
Pittsfield High School Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Lewis M. Grigsby, Jr., President Farmers State Bank on left.

High School Student receives scholarship check.

Austin Hallock - $1,000
North Greene Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Willie Rees, AVP Farmers State Bank on right.

Farmers State Bank Donates to Pittsfield
High School Saukettes

Farmers State Bank presented the Pittsfield High School Saukette dance team with a check for $100.00.

Farmers State Bank sponsored the movie Cars as part of Pittsfield Main Street's summer movies in the park program. Prior to the movie, there was a car show and supper. The Saukettes volunteered to provide face painting services and dance exhibitions to the delight of all in attendance during the car show and supper. In addition to the $100 donation, Farmers State Bank also provided the face painting supplies.

Pittsfield High School dance team.

Nevin Grigsby, Executive Vice President of Farmers State Bank, and Barb McTucker, Vice President, right, present a check to the Saukette dance team and Coach Kim Bauer, standing far left.

Three woman and man carring popsicles.

Pictured left to right: Nancy Gourley, Secretary, Nichole Mason, Branch Sales and Customer Development- Farmers State Bank, Melissa Neff, Secretary, and Thad Walker, Principal.

Farmers State Bank Donates Popsicles to Winchester
Grade School

Farmers State Bank donated popsicles to the Winchester Grade School to help beat the heat at the beginning of the school year.

With temperatures in the upper 90s, with a heat index over 100, and with limited air conditioning in the school, students have difficulty concentrating in the classroom.

Farmers State Bank donated enough popsicles for each of the 420 students to have one after recess to cool off and feel refreshed.

Two men carrying water.

Pictured left to right are Ronnie Martin, custodian at South Elementary School, and Wayne Hays, Marketing- Farmers State Bank.

Woman carring water.

Pictured is Allison Kattelman, Internal Communications- Farmers State Bank unloading cases of water.

Farmers State Bank Donates Bottled Water to South Elementary School

Farmers State Bank donated bottled water to South Elementary School in Pittsfield. With temperatures in the 90s, and with no air conditioning in the school, students are getting up and going to water fountain more, causing disruption in the classroom. Providing water bottles to students at their desks will keep them cool during the first few weeks of school.

Two women and one man stand with check.

Pictured left to right: Denny Vortman, Principal of West Central High School, Nichole Mason, Branch Sales and Customer Development, and Barb McTucker, Vice President- Farmers State Bank.

Blue Spartans debit card.

Pictured is the fund raising debit card design for West Central Cougars. Member FDIC.

Farmers State Bank Donates $150.35 to West Central Cougars

Farmers State Bank donated $150.35 to the West Central Cougars as a result of their participation in the fund raising debit card program. Farmers State Bank customers have the option of choosing a school fund raising debit card or a regular debit card. Cardholders show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time.

.25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

Two women and one man stand with check.

Pictured left to right: Barb McTucker, Vice President, Jackie Goode, Branch Sales and Customer Service Manager- Farmers State Bank, and Les Stevens, Superintendent- North Greene School District.

Blue Spartans debit card.

Pictured is the fund raising debit card design for North Greene Spartans. Member FDIC.

Farmers State Bank Donates $170.75 to North Greene Spartans

Farmers State Bank donated $170.75 to the North Greene Spartans as a result of their participation in the fund raising debit card program. Farmers State Bank customers have the option of choosing a school fund raising debit card or a regular debit card. Cardholders show their school spirit and raise money for their school at the same time.

.25 percent of each debit card purchase made as a credit is donated back to their school.

A little girl getting her face painted.

Farmers State Bank Sponsors Pittsfield Movie in the Park

Farmers State Bank sponsored the Disney movie Cars this past Thursday June 6th as the first movie in the Movies in the Park series presented by Pittsfield's Main Street. Food, soft drinks, pop corn and entertainment were provided by Farmers State Bank prior to the movie.

As part of the evening's vehicle theme, a Cruise-In car show kicked off the festivities with people's choice awards given to the top ten entries. The Saukettes provided face painting services and performed a dance exhibition to the delight of all in attendance. Free-will contributions were made by the attendees for the hot dogs, chips, popcorn and beverages with the proceeds donated by the bank to the Pikeland Bookmobile's Summer Reading Program.


Old cars parked on street. Kids dancing in park.
Kids hunting for easter eggs.
Individuals sitting at tables for lunch and learn.

The winner from the 3 and under group, Kylie Fearneyhough, daughter of Robbie and Susie Fearneyhough is pictured with Farmers State Bank, Personal Banker - Chrissy Willis, and the Easter Bunny holding Kylie's gift basket.

Farmers State Bank Sponsors Winchester Easter Egg Hunt

With approximately 120 children, the 2013 Easter Egg hunt at Winchester's Monument Park was one of the largest in recent memory.

1,200 eggs stuffed with chocolate, taffy, sweet tarts and skittles were scattered into three sections of the lawn corresponding to age groups the children were divided into; age 0 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 through 9. Additionally, each participating child received a treat bag with pencils, balloons, a chocolate marshmallow bunny and candy.

The hunt was frenzied; besides the candy in the eggs, the children had an additional reason to gather as many eggs as possible because one lucky child from each age group had the opportunity to find a special egg that had a ticket inside that said winner. Winners received a huge Easter basket overflowing with goodies.

Farmers State Bank has been conducting the Easter Egg hunt, held on Good Friday, in Winchester since the bank opened its Winchester Office 18 years ago in 1995.

Woman standing in front of classroom.

Bank at School Program - Farmers State Bank

A Farmers State Bank employee teaches the students about the history of money, how to open an account, make deposits, manage a savings account, why and how to save, interest, loans and how to earn money.

The program is delivered through classroom instruction with questions and answers with individuals just like a regular class. The bank contacted the State of Illinois for the curriculum. Katie Davis (pictured), heads up the Bank's Bank at School effort which involves all 80 fifth grade Pikeland students. Ms. Davis teaches one day a month for the 9 month school year. Farmers State Bank has been operating Bank at School in Pittsfield for 16 years and has helped educate over 1,280 students on financial literacy.

Farmers State Bank, in Conjunction with the Jersey County Business Association, Co-Sponsors a Lunch n' Learn

On February 26th, 2013 Farmers State Bank co-sponsored a Lunch n' Learn with the Jersey County Business Association. Twenty one people attended this successful one hour event held over lunch in the Community Meeting Room at Farmers State Bank located at 712 W. County Road.

Attendees listened to a telephone interview with Jeffrey Hayzlett, best selling author of Running the Gauntlet: Essential Business Lessons to Lead, Drive Change, and Grow Profits. Jeffrey is a global business celebrity, former Fortune 100 c-suite executive, as well as a business and marketing expert who drives change.
They heard how to:

  • Develop a "takeover mentality" for your business
  • Summon the vision and courage necessary for driving change
  • Find the best ways to lead, drive change and grow
  • Sharpen the mental and emotional toughness to make strategic, lasting change
  • Execute the right changes and deal with any disruptions they might cause
  • Sustain and manage your company's new-found momentum

Mulligan's West catered the sponsor-provided lunch. Three lucky individuals received a copy of Mr. Hayzlett's book, Running the Gauntlet.

Individuals sitting at tables for lunch and learn.
Jessica Dean receiving book.

Jessica Dean with Whitworth-Horn - Goetten Insurance is pictured receiving her book from Farmers State Bank's Assistant Vice President, lending, Michael La Tempt.

Farmers State Bank Fills The Crossroads Center for an Educational / Informational Agricultural Meeting

Local farm operators attended a meeting on Tuesday, February 5th at the Crossroads Center in Pittsfield. Tom Weisenborn, County Executive Director of the FSA and Johanna Fuller, District Conservationist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service were the featured speakers. They presented the latest Conservation Compliance News:

  • Increased enforcement
  • Acceptable compliance techniques, and
  • Dealing with the appeals process

Agricultural producers learned how farms are selected for inspection, the inspection process, acceptable compliance techniques, penalties and the appeals process. There was no cost for attending and the bank provided lunch.

Farmers State Bank Agriculture Education

Pictured l to r: Tom Weisenborn, County Executive Director of the Farm Services Agency and Johanna Fuller .. District Conservationist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Farmers State Bank Winchester Cookoff

Pictured - Farmers State Bank volunteers pictured left to right: Jeff Duncan, Ellen Price, Nichole Mason, Chrissy Willis, Debbie Foster and Kent Coultas.

Bank employees volunteer and Win the People's Choice Award in the Winchester EMS chili cook-off

The Winchester EMS is a not-for-profit organization that provides much needed ambulance service to the greater Winchester area. The chili cook-off is its major fund raiser. Each person in attendance paid $3 for the right to sample each chili resulting in a total of being $3,350 was raised for the EMS.

This past Saturday, January 26th was the 16th chili cook-off and included 15 different types of chili with over 300 people attending. There were two levels of judging:

  1. 5 judges voted to determine which chili they thought was best and
  2. Each person in attendance voted for their favorite.

The result - the People's Choice award for the chili voted best by the 300 in attendance went to Farmers State Bank employees. The panel of five judges determined the Farmers State Bank chili was 2nd best. The bank donated its $50 prize winnings back to the Winchester EMS.

FFarmers State Bank Jerseyville Plot Dinner

Barb McTucker, standing, Vice President of Farmers State Bank is giving a copy of Les McKeown's book Predictable Success to David Riley from Riley Seasonings.

Farmers State Bank Co-Sponsors a Lunch n' Learn with Pike County Chamber of Commerce

This past December 11th, Farmers State Bank co-sponsored a Lunch n' Learn with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.  Twenty people attended this successful one hour event held over lunch in the Shaw Room of the Senior Citizens Center in Pittsfield. 

Those there, listened to a telephone interview with Les McKeown best selling author of,Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On the Growth Track‹and Keeping It There.  Mr. McKeown is also President and CEO of a consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds of organizations worldwide.

FFarmers State Bank Jerseyville Plot Dinner

Pictured l to r:  Jack Hull, Little League President, Elaine Hoagland, Treasurer and Secretary, Little League and Nevin Grigsby, Executive Vice President Farmers State Bank.

Farmers State Bank Makes $500 Donation to Pike County Little League

Farmers State Bank recently made a $500 donation to Pike County Little League help fund the installation of new lights at the ball park in Pittsfield.

According to Jack Hull, President of Pike County Little League, this is the first time in 40 years that the lights at the field were updated making it safer for the 800 boys and girls playing Little League baseball and softball.  They'll be able to see the ball better. There are four light poles; two 70 feet tall while the other two are 60 feet.  The new lights are twice as bright as the old ones and will take half the electricity to operate them.

Jack Hull is President and Elaine Hoagland has been involved in Little League for 38 years.  She is the concession chair, head of fundraising, secretary and treasurer.

FFarmers State Bank Jerseyville Plot Dinner
Farmers State Bank Jerseyville Plot Dinner

Jersey County Plot Dinner

Farm producers and operators attend the Jersey County Independent Plot Dinner held on August 30th at Farmers State Bank's Jerseyville Office.

Supper was catered and featured a special after dinner presentation by Dr. Fabian Fernandez, a professor from the University of Illinois.

Those in attendance learned information to help with upcoming fertilizer buying decisions.

Farmers State Bank Pittsfield Plot Dinner
Farmers State Bank Pittsfield Plot Dinner

Pike County Plot Tour and Dinner

Almost two hundred people attended Farmers State Bank's plot tour and dinner held on Tuesday August 21st.

The event was more of a mini farm progress show held right behind the bank building in Pittsfield. Equipment, tools and vehicles used in the operation of farm business were showcased.

A tasty grilled supper, desserts and cool refreshments were served under a 3,200 sq foot tent with live music playing in the background.

Darren Hardy Lunch 'n' Learn

Farmers State Bank Co-Sponsors Lunch 'n Learn

Farmers State Bank co-sponsored a Lunch ' n Learn with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce on September 6th, 2012 in the Shaw Room of the Pittsfield Senior Citizens Center .

The Lunch 'n Learn featured a presentation made via telephone by Darren Hardy; the Publisher, Founding Editor and visionary force behind Success magazine. Mr. Hardy is also the author of the book The Compound Effect: Achieving Success In All You Do.

Farmers State Bank did this because they are committed to helping our community grow, prosper and help you get what you need to prosper in your workplace-regardless of the economy.

Each attendee received a box lunch prepared by Catering and More as well as a copy of Mr. Hardy's The Compound Effect compliments of Farmers State Bank.

Farmers State Bank Awards $6,000 of Scholarships

Each year Farmers State Bank awards Achievement scholarships to graduating seniors from each of the market areas it serves. A total of $105,000 in scholarships has been awarded since Farmers State Bank began awarding scholarships in 1989 to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Recently $6,000 of scholarships were presented to:

  • Jerseyville - One $1,000 Jersey Community High School Achievement Scholarship.
  • Winchester -- One $1,000 scholarship for any Scott County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a West Central High School student.
  • White Hall - One $1,000 North Greene High School Scholarship.
  • Pittsfield - One $1,000 scholarship for any Pike County student and another $1,000 scholarship for a Pittsfield High School Graduate.

Alexis Vincent- $1,000
North Greene Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Willie Rees, AVP Farmers State Bank on left.

Jaynie Shafer - $1,000
Jersey County Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Marci Mossman, Farmers State Bank Personal Banker, on left.

 

Adam Weder - $1,000
Scott County Achievement Scholarship. Winchester H. S.. Pictured with Nichole Mason, Personal Banker Farmers State Bank on right.

Shelby Shelts - $1,000
Winchester Achievement Scholarship. Pictured with Nichole Mason, Farmers State Bank Personal Banker on right.

Megan Moffit - $2,000
Pike County Achievement & Pittsfield H. S. Achievement Scholarships. Pictured with Nevin Grigsby, EVP Farmers State Bank.

Farmers State Bank Easter Egg Hunt
Farmers State Bank Easter Egg Hunt

The winner from the pre-K group, Nicholas Hamilton, is pictured with his prize and the Easter Bunny.

Farmers State Bank Sponsors Winchester Easter Egg Hunt

85 children enjoyed the tradition of an Easter Egg hunt on Good Friday, April 6th, at Winchester's Monument Park.

900 eggs stuffed with chocolate, taffy, sweet tarts and skittles were scattered into three sections of the lawn corresponding to age groups the children were divided into; up to kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and second and third grade.

The hunt was frenzied; besides the candy in the eggs, the children had an additional reason to gather as many eggs as possible since one lucky child from each age group had the opportunity to find a special egg that had a ticket inside that said winner. Winners received a huge Easter basket overflowing with goodies. Additionally, each participating child received a treat bag with pencils, balloons, a chocolate marshmallow bunny and candy.

Farmers State Bank has been conducting an Easter Egg hunt in Winchester since the bank opened its Winchester Office 17 years ago in 1995.

Farmers State Bank Easter Egg Hunt

The winners pictured with their prizes and the Easter Bunny are left to right Ashley Smith 2nd & 3rd grade, Halie Carter Pre-K and Jenny Randolph kindergarten & 1st grade.

Farmers State Bank Sponsors Jerseyville Easter Egg Hunt

Good Friday was really sweet for 125 children that came to the Easter Egg hunt held on the front lawn of Farmers State Bank on April 6th.

Smarties, tootsie rolls, gum, and chocolate were crammed into 1,200 eggs and spread on the lawn. There were three separate egg hunts instead of one large one. The Pre-K children did the first hunt followed by kindergarteners and first grade with second and third graders making up the final group.

The children had an additional reason to find as many eggs as possible besides the candy. One egg from each age group had a piece of paper inside that said winner. Each winner received a huge Easter basket overflowing with goodies.

Farmers State Bank has held an Easter Egg hunt in Jerseyville every year for 10 years since the bank opened for business in 2002.

Farmers State Bank Donates Books to South School

Farmers State Bank Donates Books to South School

Dr. Seuss's birthday was March 2, 2012. Each year, the National Education Association celebrates his birthday by sponsoring a Read Across America Day. Farmers State Bank's participation in Dr. Seuss's birthday celebration involved buying books and donating them to Pittsfield's South School so the children had Dr. Seuss books to read.

South School librarian, Mrs. Feenstra is pictured with Farmers State Bank EVP, Nevin Grigsby and children representing students from grades kindergarten through second with some of the books donated by the bank.

Farmers State Bank Conducts Agricultural Meeting
 
Farmers State Bank Conducts Agricultural Meeting

L to r Murray Martin - Sr. VP Farmers State Bank, Nevin Grigsby - EVP Farmers State Bank and Dr. Emerson Nafziger - Professor University of Illinois

Farmers State Bank Conducts Agricultural Meeting

Local farm operators attended a meeting on Thursday, February 23rd at the Crossroads Center in Pittsfield. Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois - Urbana and who is also in charge of the Orr Research Center in Perry, was the featured speaker.

Dr. Nafziger, one of the foremost agricultural researchers in the country, discussed:

  • The impact on yields from plant population and row spacing
  • Tillage considerations: no-till, minimum till and conventional tillage
  • Nitrogen: form and rate including starter

Agricultural producers can use this information to improve yields and maximize profit. Farmers State Bank conducted this event as a service to farmers and continues its commitment to agriculture. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for Certified cost for attending and the bank provided lunch.

Farmers State Bank has been designated as the #1 bank locally based on percent of loan business from agriculture.

Parents taking in funds.

Parent's Fund staffer, Tracy Reel, happily sells 50:50 tickets during a February 11, 2012 game.

The Parents Fund of Pittsfield Saukee Boys' Basketball Gets A Boost from Farmers State Bank.

A 50:50 raffle is held during the Pittsfield Saukee Boys' Basketball games. Half the money from the raffle goes to the person that bought the winning ticket while the other half goes to the Parents Fund. Money collected by the Parent's Fund goes to the team to pay for travel expenses, hotel rooms and food when the team travels out of town. The Parent's Fund also provided the warm-ups used by the team.

During the 2011 - 2012 season, Farmers State Bank has matched the amount received by the Parents Fund from raffle ticket sales. As a result, the Parents Fund is able to do more due to the increased amount coming in and guaranteeing the team will receive 100% of the proceeds from the raffle ticket sale!

Winchester EMS chili cook-off

Bank employees volunteer and participate in Winchester EMS chili cook-off

Farmers State Bank was one of 15 competitors that entered the chili cook-off to raise money for the Winchester EMS - a volunteer ambulance service.

The EMS chili-cookoff was held on Saturday, January 28th and ran from noon to 8 pm.

This was the 15th consecutive cook-off and each person paid $3.00 to enter and taste the chilis. A total of $3,350 was raised for Winchester EMS.

Pictured from left to right - Debbie Foster, Jeff Duncan & Nichole Mason

Woman teaching students about banking.

Bank employee teaches students about money.

Students learn the history of money, how to open an account, make deposits, manage a savings account, why and how to save, and how to earn money.

The Bank at School curriculum, from the State of Illinois, includes classroom instruction and 1 on 1 interaction.

Katie Davis (pictured), a Farmers State Bank employee, heads up the Bank at School effort which involves all fifth graders once a month for the 9 month school year. Farmers State Bank has been operating Bank at School in Pittsfield for 15 years.

Bank employees handle concessions so parents can watch game.

Bank employees handle concessions so parents can watch game.

On Saturday, January 9th, 2011, nine Farmers State Bank employees volunteered to run the concession stand during the Qunicy Notre Dame / Saukee JV and Varsity boy's basketball games in Pittsfield so that the parents who normally staff the stand could enjoy the games.

Dr. Darrel Good speaks at Farmers State Bank's economics meeting.

Pictured (left to right) Nevin Grigsby, EVP Farmers State Bank and Dr. Darrel Good, Professor Agricultural Economics - University of Illinois.

Dr. Darrel Good speaks at Farmers State Bank's economics meeting.

Local farm operators attended an Economics Meeting on Tuesday December 6th at the Senior Citizens Center in Pittsfield. Dr. Darrel Good, Professor of Agricultural Economics at University of Illinois - Urbana, was the featured speaker. Dr. Good, one of the foremost agricultural economists in the country, dicussed;

  • Current supply and demand factors influencing corn and soybean prices
  • Price prospects for 2012
  • Long-term prices for corn and soybeans

Agricultural producers can use this information to implement marketing plans for maximizing profit.