The American Bankers Association has launched a new members-only tool that allows the industry's 2,200 agriculture banks to benchmark performance of 22 indicators against peers of similar size and farm loan concentration.

The Agriculture Banks Performance Scorecard shows five years of historical data and a breakdown of the most recent quarter for indicators including balance sheet items, capital levels, profitability measures, interest expense and income, asset performance and agricultural loan concentrations.

"The scorecard shows a comparison for my bank of $80 million in assets against other agriculture banks of similar resources and farm loan concentrations," said Kreg Denton, senior vice president of First Community Bank in Fancy Farm, Ky. "This is valuable insight for my investors and board."

ABA has produced a three-minute video to highlight the Scorecard's features and functionality and is offering two free webinars, open to members and non-members, on April 17 and May 22 to learn about the Scorecard and other ABA member benefits. The video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tig2lkCrj-w

The Scorecard features banks with farmland and farm operating loans in excess of the industry average as a percent of gross loans, which at the final quarter of 2011 was 14.61 percent.

ABA members can download the scorecard and register for the webinars at http://www.aba.com/members+only/legislative/ag-banks-scorecard.htm

Non-member banks can register for the free webinars and learn more about the Scorecard by contacting Kim Michael at 1-800-BANKERS.