The National Ag Science Center is pleased to announce this year's induction into the Stanislaus County Ag Hall of Fame.
“F&M Bank is a local institution providing resources, financial advice, guidance, and support to the ag community as well as students in the next generation ag workforce,” commented NASC Executive Director, Dr. Emily Lawrence.
The annual induction ceremony is a time where the community comes together to recognize the accomplishments of individuals, families and companies who have contributed to Stanislaus County’s role as one of the nation’s leading agricultural counties. F&M Bank is the 14th largest agricultural bank in the US and the largest community bank in California. Approximately 40% of the Bank’s loan portfolio is dedicated to agriculture. F&M Bank has provided agriculture-related donations and membership dues over the past 5 years totaling approximately $1.2 million to over 150 different agricultural organizations in the markets they serve. Additionally, the Bank has made an impact by providing over 940 loans to local 4H and FFA students for their various county fair projects.
Founded in 1916, F&M Bank has grown to 32 locations across California. The Modesto, Turlock and Riverbank branches offer local support to every aspect of agriculture throughout the Stanislaus County area. Kent Steinwert, F&M Bank’s President & Chief Executive Officer, mentions many aspects of the F&M Bank commitment to this area, “F&M Bank has been committed to supporting California agriculture since the Bank was founded in 1916. We recognize that farmers, ranchers and processors are exceptional stewards of our natural resources and play a vital role in California’s economy. We are dedicated to helping California agriculture remain the premier agricultural area in the world. We also look forward to working with the next generation of farmers and ranchers. We are humbled by this honor and are proud to have been trusted for generations by many California farm families.”
NASC Board President Brandi LoForti commented, “F&M Bank has an impressive reputation across the Valley for supporting ag students, encouraging new farmers and agriculturalists, and maintaining loyalty to multigenerational farm families. We are honored to have them join our Ag Hall of Fame family.”