“What you see depends on how you view the world. To most people, this is just dirt. To a farmer, it is potential.” – Doe Zantamata

Today is National Ag Day, and I’d like to take a minute to thank all the hardworking people who bring food to our tables every day. We often forget that just about everything we eat, wear and use comes from agriculture – and many of those farms and companies are based right here in the Midwest. Agriculture is America’s No. 1 export, and it is an industry that often goes unrecognized and underappreciated.

When we opened as a storefront bank in 1913, Kansas City was at the heart of agriculture and many of our first loans were to farmers and businesses in this industry. Fast forward more than 100 years, and today we are a Top 25 ag bank serving nearly all sectors in the industry – from farmers and producers to processors, suppliers and manufacturers. And those customers are spread out across a footprint that has some of the richest agriculture resources in the U.S. and the world.

This history gives us a unique insight into the agribusiness industry, particularly when it comes to weathering all economic cycles. That is especially important today as many in the industry are facing challenging times. We know that it’s tough out there for farmers and producers right now. They need our support and appreciation more than ever.

Today, more than anything, I want to share the pride I have for our industry and celebrate all of those who work tirelessly to bring food and goods to people across the world. I have been honored throughout my career to work alongside these hardworking folks, and I look forward to what the future brings. American agriculture is the foundation of our country and the backbone of a healthy nation. Please join me today in celebrating our industry and all those who make it prosper.

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Our Agribusiness Division serves all areas of agriculture, including producersprocessors, suppliers and manufacturers of equipment and goods, throughout a 12-state area. Learn more about what ag means to UMB and see some of our clients in action.

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