Our History

Many Firsts

The Farmers Bank of Unionville was founded in 1900 in Unionville, Missouri. Farmers Bank was the only Putnam County bank to survive the Great Depression. As a progressive bank, the first drive-up window was installed in the 1970's and the in-house computer system in the early 1980's.

After surviving the agriculture crisis and droughts of the early 1980's, Farmers Bank was the first bank in the state of Missouri to establish a branch outside of its home county with the opening of the Mercer facility in 1986.

In 1990 the purchase of the First National Bank of Bethany was made and later was merged into Farmers Bank.

The year 1992 saw the purchase of the Trenton banking facility for Farmers Bank. In 1992 the bank expanded the stockholder base from 30 to 140 community stockholders further cementing the spirit of an independent community bank. With the future expectation of growth, the bank's official name was changed to Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri.

In 1995 the Farmers Bank started to issue ATM cards and installed the first ATM machine in Unionville.

The year 1996 made Farmers Bank the first Missouri bank to have a branch in Iowa with the opening of the Centerville location.

Farmers Bank purchased the First National Bank in Gallatin in the year 2000, making it the sixth location.

In 2006 a new bank branch was built in Leon, Iowa to serve the banking needs of Decatur County.
The bank had another first in 2011, by establishing Farmers Risk Management. An insurance branch that offers Crop and Livestock Risk Protection Insurance to farmers. 

In 2016 Farmers Bank acquired Flowers National Bank in Bethany and Cainsville, Missouri, adding 2 more branches to make a total of 8 branches in northern Missouri and southern Iowa. 

Today Farmers Bank is a strong bank with eight locations and seven ATM machines in Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa. The bank holds more than $369,000,000 in assets and employs 88 people to serve our customers with outstanding customer service. 

Other Accolades:

  • 1993 - Named the #1 Agriculture Community Bank in the United States by American Banker Magazine.
  • 1995 - Created Putnam County Community Development Corporation to foster business development and jobs in Putnam County.
  • 1995 - Gary Tribble served as Chairman of Missouri Bankers Association - the first Putnam County resident to do so.
  • 1996 - David Tribble served on the American Banking National Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee - the first in Northern Missouri for decades.

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