When UMB opened its doors in 1913, Kansas City was at the heart of agriculture productivity in the Midwest. Many of our original loans and relationships were with farmers and ranchers. During the past 100 years, that deep connection with the land and those who work it has only grown.

A testimonial to that growth recently came in the form of recognition as a Top 20 farm lender in the U.S. when the American Bankers Association released its latest Top Farm Lenders list. This ranking is a significant milestone for our Agribusiness Division as we have moved up 29 spots on the list from No. 49 in 2012 to No. 20 today. During that time, our farm loan balances have grown from $281.1 million at year-end 2012 to $708.9 million at March 31, 2017.

“To move up the list this much over the last four years is a remarkable testament to our clients’ success and our relationship-based approach to helping them with their financial needs,” said Bill Watson, president of UMB Bank’s Agribusiness Division. “UMB has always been in the agriculture lending business, given that our footprint contains some of the most concentrated areas of ag resources in the U.S., but in late 2012 we invested more resources into our agricultural division and the results speak for themselves.”

Our Agribusiness Division serves all areas of agriculture, including producers, processors, 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.