Source: Independent Community Bankers of America

As the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recognized April as ICBA Community Banking Month, our nation's nearly 7,000 community banks continue to have a far-reaching positive impact on the agricultural and rural economy throughout America.

"Community banks are pivotal to the overall health and financial success of rural America as they provide financing for a significant portion of agricultural credit needs," said Sal Marranca, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Cattaraugus County Bank, Little Valley, N.Y. "Many of our nation's ranches and farms are local small businesses, which employ local residents and help drive economic strength and prosperity within the community. ICBA Community Banking Month gives community banks across the country an opportunity to recognize their agricultural customers and the important role they serve." 

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