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Berne, Ind. — First Bank of Berne (FBB) has once again been listed in the Top 100 Independent Community Bankers of America by the ICBA.

First Bank of Berne has a long history of agricultural lending, beginning when it opened in 1891. Today, FBB has grown into a regional leader in agribusiness lending, as evidenced by being named to the nation’s Top 100 list, ranking 67th in 2023. FBB employs experienced farm financial consultants with a proven ability to help agribusinesses prosper. The community bank offers a variety of agricultural lending services, including both long- and short-term loans. FBB also provides extended services such as farm financial consulting and custom-designed crop insurance.

We are proud to have been selected by the ICBA as one of the nation’s best ag lenders,” said Rick Gentis, Agribusiness Banking Manager for the First Bank of Berne. “I am grateful to our wonderful ag customers, who trust us to help them grow year after year. I also must give credit to our amazing team of ag lenders, who make it their priority to provide our customers with the wisdom and insights that come from our bank’s 133-plus years of ag lending[?] experience.

FBB serves the communities in northern Indiana and northwest Ohio. The bank is committed to each of the communities it serves, focusing on both business and agribusiness services that are designed to help communities grow and thrive.

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