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Did you know Agriculture is one of Ohio’s Largest Industries

Did you know Agriculture is one of Ohio’s Largest Industries

Sunday, September 25, 2016/Categories: Community, Education, Products & Services, Website

Heartland Bank has deep ties to Ohio’s farming community. Visionary bank founder Tiney McComb championed the cause of the agriculture industry and made growth and success a reality for central Ohio’s farmers and producers. When your livelihood depends upon changing weather, changing technology and changing commodity prices, you expect and deserve a stable financial partner. A partner that will to help you grow your income and net worth. A partner that will weather the cyclical nature of the markets. A partner like Heartland Bank.

According to Scott McComb, CEO of Heartland Bank, “We set out two years ago to forge some new ground and diversify our balance sheet in Agriculture. I’m proud to report that we are hitting all of our targets, building out a quality team and establishing new relationships statewide.”

Since the launch of Heartland Agribusiness in late 2014, the team has grown to include three full time Agribusiness Bankers and an Agribusiness Banking Assistant. Joel Oney, VP Manager of Agribusiness, was born and raised on a dairy farm in northern Ohio where his family milks more than 500 dairy cows today. He currently raises cattle on his own farm in Kentucky. Brian Fracker, VP Agribusiness Banker, lives on his family’s 130 acre farm outside Newark where they raise beef cattle. Bennett Musselman, AVP, Agribusiness Banker, grew up on a swine and row crop operation in Madison County and now raises corn and beans with his family in Pickaway, Madison and Franklin Counties. Ashley Morgan recently graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science and Communications. When your Agribusiness team consists of farmers, you have a recipe for success.

Last week, the team enjoyed hosting clients and prospects at the Heartland RV during the Farm Science Review at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. The annual three day event attracted 125,000 visitors this year from all over the United States and Canada and they perused 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors.

Clients like Justin Butcher of Butcher Family Farms in Knox County have been singing the praises of the relationships they’ve built with the Ag team at Heartland Bank. "My experience working with Brian Fracker and the Heartland Bank team was awesome. My family has been working this land for five generations (my son Karson makes six) and more than anything, I’m so proud that Brian helped us bring livestock back to our family farm. It was a smooth and hassle free experience and I would highly recommend him (and Heartland Bank) to anyone looking to expand their farm operations."

While online and mobile services have certainly changed the way we bank today, what hasn’t changed is the importance of developing a relationship with your banker. Go local and experience real community banking, where we thrive when our customers and communities do the same. Come on over to Heartland.