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Information Regarding Recent Service Outage

 

Between Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th Farmers Bank & Trust had multiple programs unavailable which caused delays in processing teller transactions and file maintenance requests.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. This downtime was the result of a major water line break in Des Moines, Iowa that flooded a telecommunications company in the area.  That telecommunications company services the data center in West Des Moines for our core data processor.  This has since been resolved and we continue to work with our processor to enhance business continuity plans to better prepare for this type of disruption in the future.

  Annual Community Appreciation Event

We would like to invite you to our Annual Community Appreciation Event Thursday, June 27th, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm in our Farmers Bank & Trust Lobby at 1017 Harrison St., Great Bend, KS.  There will be door prizes and refreshments.  Register to become an instant finalize in the Eagle Radio 2024 Chevy Trax Giveaway.*

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*Must be 21 years of age or older, no purchase necessary, limited to one entry per individual and does not have to be a Farmers Bank & Trust customer to be selected as a finalist. Enter to become a finalist for the Eagle Radio 2024 Chevy Traxx Giveaway from 9 am to 4 pm on 6/27/24. A finalist will be drawn at 4 pm. Individuals do not have to be present to become a finalist. The winner will be responsible for any applicable local, State or federal taxes on prize.

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Recent Updates to Online Banking

We are excited to announce a few new enhancements that are available in Online Banking.  Click on each topic below to learn how to use this new functionality.  These functions are not available in the Mobile App at this time.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Customer Service representatives directly.

Changes to FDIC Insurance Coverage on Trust Accounts

 

Effective April 1st, 2024, deposit insurance rules regarding revocable and irrevocable trust accounts are changing.  Learn more about how this may affect your deposits at https://www.fdic.gov/resources/deposit-insurance/trust-accounts/ 

#500forGood

Since 2018, FHLBank Topeka has posed the question to member banks, if you had $500 to help your community, what would you do? This year, two Farmers Bank & Trust employee submissions were selected among 52 recipients for $500 gifts to benefit their communities. Pictured below, Lindsay Barton, right, whose submission was selected by FHLBank presents Kylee Graves with a $500 check to the Family Crisis Center. Ms. Graves indicated these funds will be used to purchase a change of clothes and other items for assault victims requiring medical exams as part of the SANE program.

Family Crisis Center #500forGood Additionally, Albert Branch Manager, Tim Boxberger’s submission was also selected as a winner. This $500 gift for the City of Albert was used to update City Christmas decorations and dedicate them to the town volunteers on December 8th.

Albert Christmas Decorations

27 Years of Farmers Bank & Trust's
Charity Coffee

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This event is hosted to recognize the work done by various local organizations that make our hometown a better place and help support their efforts in the year to come. We would like to thank each and every one of these organizations for all of their hard work.  With this year's contributions, Farmers Bank & Trust has given over $142,000 through this annual event.

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Bauer 5 Star Logo 9.23

Great Bend, KS - September 2023: Farmers Bank & Trust, Great Bend, Kansas has earned a top (5-Star) rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm.

Working together towards common goals and interests has allowed Farmers Bank & Trust to excel under an in-depth, independent analysis of its financial condition and earn this coveted 5-Star rating.

       Another Data Breach?
    Don't Get Data Breach Fatigue.

Spend a moment thinking about how many entities have your personal identifying information. You likely provided it to them for a legitimate need, like a loan or credit card application or a medical claim. These organizations have data on millions of individuals, and we trust them to maintain the security needed to protect it for us. If you add to the list of companies those that only have your name, email and home address, and credit card information, that’s essentially every website from which you’ve ever made an online purchase.

The list just got a lot longer, and the security of small retail websites is typically more lax than that of large medical or financial ones. Hackers spend their lives searching for a way in, using sophisticated techniques to get through cyber security measures and steal valuable information from entities of all types.

Now, think about the last time you received an email that started something like this: “We are writing to you because of an incident involving access to information…” It probably wasn’t very long ago. We might even receive so many notifications or hear so many news reports regarding breaches that could affect us that we’re becoming apathetic.

“It’s just part of life now,” we might say. Or “It’s a risk of being online in 2023.” However, we can do more than cross our fingers and hope ours isn’t the next information that gets sold to the highest bidder.

To read more click here: Data Breach

IRS Warns Taxpayers of New Scam

The IRS is alerting taxpayers of a new scam involving a mailing directing the individual to send various pieces of sensitive information in order to collect unclaimed tax refund money.

Read more here...

 

Teach Children to Save

Its never too early to start teaching children about the importance of saving. That was the message Jason Dellett and Tonia Parker conveyed to a group of elementary students in La Crosse when presenting Teach Children to Save activities. Farmers Bank & Trust employees recently visited several local elementary schools and provided them the opportunity to think about their savings goals and decorate a container for saving toward that goal.

Teach Children to Save 2023

Farmers Bank & Trust employees are happy to speak to groups about a variety of financial education topics.  If you are interested in a group presentation, please reach out to your local branch

Farmers Bank & Trust donates to

Central Plains Childcare Network

Central Plains ChildCare Donation

Farmers Bank and Trust is excited about this opportunity for investment in the Claflin Community and other communities we serve. We recognize the challenges faced with child care needs and are honored to be able to assist in this worthy endeavor.  In 2021, Farmers Bank & Trust gave a similar donation to the Golden Belt Community Foundation to help address the shortage of child-care opportunities.  

Farmers Bank & Trust Announces Scholarship Recipients

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Farmers Bank & Trust is proud to assist employees and their families as their dependent students attain educational goals.  Under this program, qualified applicants will receive a $500 scholarship on an annual basis, providing up to four years of financial support for under-graduate degrees.  Congrats to the scholarship recipients and good luck in the upcoming school year!

Kristy Wittig - Barton Community College

Alicia Enriquez - Barton Community College

Evan Seltmann - North Central Kansas Tech

Olivia Rugan - University of Kansas

Samantha Kleweno - Fort Hays State University

Camron Zerr - University of Kansas

Manasvi Chennareddy - University of Kansas

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