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SDSU Extension to Hold Ag Lenders Conference

Agriculture lenders are invited to attend an Ag Lenders Conference hosted by SDSU Extension in Watertown on Oct. 17 and Sioux Falls on Oct. 19.

Topics include best use tax analysis, farm stress survey, weather/climate outlook, macroeconomic outlook, crop market outlook and value-at-risk marketing tool, FSA update and crop budgets, and livestock market outlook. 

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Land O'Lakes, Amazon Execs to Keynote ABA Ag Conference

Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes--the nation’s third-largest agricultural cooperative--will be a keynote speaker at ABA’s National Agricultural Bankers Conference, Nov. 11-14 in Omaha, Neb. Also keynoting the conference will be Cameron Holbrook, head of agtech at Amazon Web Services; former USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber; and Kansas State University biosecurity professor Stephen Higgs.

The conference will also feature more than 35 concurrent sessions covering commodity outlooks, succession planning on the farm, regulator perspectives on ag lending and how technology is changing ag and ag finance. The deadline to reserve hotel rooms at the discounted rate is Oct. 12. Register now

SDBA Seeks Feedback on SDBanker Magazine, Member Communications

The SDBA would like to learn your thoughts on the SDBanker Magazine and our member communications.

Published monthly by the SDBA, SDBanker Magazine is dedicated to enhancing the state's banking profession by providing useful and timely information on important events and trends in the banking industry. The SDBA wants to know what readers like and dislike about the monthly magazine, in what format they read the magazine, how often they would like to receive the magazine, and how they prefer to get their information from the Association.

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New Deputy Director at South Dakota Division of Banking

Michael Dummer has been named the new deputy director at the South Dakota Division of Banking.

Dummer replaces Deputy Director John Crompton, who retired Aug. 1 after more than 30 years of dedicated service to the department.

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Large Numbers to Attend SDBA's First Women in Banking Conference

Lead Strong: Women in BankingMore than 200 people are registered to attend the SDBA's Lead Strong: Women in Banking Conference on Oct. 2 in Sioux Falls at the Hilton Garden Inn South. 

The SDBA's first one-day conference for women in banking is designed to encourage, support and inspire women to succeed in the workplace. The event will benefit all levels of staff interested in the enhancement and career growth of women in South Dakota banking. 

Due to space restrictions at the venue, the SDBA will have to cap registrations at 230 attendees. While seats still remain, the SDBA encourages those still interested in attending who haven't yet registered to register as soon as possible. Learn more and register. Questions, contact the SDBA at 605.224.1653.

MetaBank Employee Named to CFPB's All-New Community Bank Advisory Council

Jeanni StahlThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last Friday announced the appointment of all-new panels on its advisory boards, including the Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC). 

Jeanni Stahl, senior vice president and chief risk officer at MetaBank in Sioux Falls, was one of seven appointments to the CBAC board. Stahl has more than 25 years of financial services industry experience in roles in both business development and risk management. At MetaBank, she has responsibilities for overseeing a large network of innovative payment and lending products offered through nationwide delivery channels. She worked as a senior bank examiner at the FDIC for eight years examining banks throughout South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. She then served in leadership roles at two Midwest financial institutions before joining MetaBank in 2009. Stahl regularly speaks at industry payments conferences on third-party risk management and compliance. 

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Fall Financial Education Opportunities

The start of a new school year is a great time for your bank to get engaged with the youth in its community—and the ABA has two easy ways for you to do so. Get Smart About Credit and Lights, Camera, Save! are programs that challenge teens to expand their financial capabilities in fun, interactive ways.

Looking for an out-of-the-box way to encourage teens to be savvy with their money? Register to be a local host for this year’s Lights, Camera, Save! contest that encourages teens to use video to communicate the value of sound money management. 

Get Smart About Credit is a volunteer opportunity for bankers to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely—with presentation guides on identity protection, money management, paying for college, careers in banking and more. Sign up to attend a free webinar on Thurs., Sept. 13, at noon CDT to learn more about the program, its free resources (available in both English and Spanish) and the new materials on careers in banking.

Advertising Available in 2019 South Dakota Bank Directory

The South Dakota Bankers Association is currently offering advertising in its 2019 South Dakota Bank Directory, which is an indispensable reference tool for financial executives and those conducting business with financial decision makers in South Dakota.

A limited number of full-color ads are available on the directory's tabbed divider pages. Full-page and half-page black-and-white ads are also available in the front section of the directory. The deadline to place an ad is Friday, Sept. 28. Ads are due Oct. 15. More information and the advertising form

Two SDBA Banks, One Associate Member Named 'Best Banks to Work For'

American Banker Magazine on Tuesday published its sixth annual list of the 85 best banks to work for, with two SDBA member banks and one associate member making the list. Dacotah Bank, Aberdeen, was named number 49, and First PREMIER Bank, Sioux Falls, was named number 71. SDBA associate member Bell Bank, Fargo, was number three.

For the banks that made the list, lavishing employees with perks and benefits is part of the culture. These banks’ largesse also extends beyond their employee base. Volunteering in the community and charitable contributions are a cornerstone of their philosophies.

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USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Trade Damage

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Monday announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations.

President Trump directed Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with its World Trade Organization obligations.

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Dakota Wesleyan University Set to Launch Trust Management Programs

Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU)  in Mitchell, S.D., has heard from various financial institutions, including experts in the trust management sector, about the crucial void in trained professionals in the trust management field. DWU consulted with industry leaders regarding this need and will now offer the first-ever trust management certification in the United States. 

“The decision for DWU to begin offering this program came after several major banking and financial institutions identified the need for further education and tailored training in the trust management job market,” said Dr. Amy Novak, DWU president.

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Learn About FBI's 'Imminent Threat' Warning

The FBI recently released an alert regarding “Unlimited Operation” attacks increasing against U.S. financial institutions. The Graduate School of Banking of Wisconsin-Madison is offering the hot-topic online seminar "FBI Warns of 'Imminent Threat' to U.S. ATMs" on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. CDT. 

Since 2016, these types of attacks have cost the U.S. 2.5 million in losses by leveraging stolen card data against an institution whose ATM systems have been compromised. The settings on these systems are altered to bypass the safety controls that limit cash withdrawals.

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Police Warn of Fake $100 Bills in Huron

Huron Police are warning businesses to be on the lookout for fake $100 bills. 

Several weeks ago, the Huron Police Department (HPD) received reports that counterfeit bills were being circulated at local businesses. HPD detectives spent several hours talking to witnesses, interrogating suspects and watching surveillance video, which resulted in an arrest in connection with those reported incidents. The HPD is once again receiving reports of counterfeit $100 bills being passed in town at local businesses.

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SDBA to Host Compliance Alliance Show-and-Tell Session

Based on the needs of community bankers, Compliance Alliance provides its members an all-inclusive set of bank compliance tools and services that help them stay up-to-date with consumer and regulatory requirements. Compliance Alliance is the only banking industry compliance resource that is owned, operated and managed by 30 state bankers associations, including the South Dakota Bankers Association.

The SDBA is hosting a Compliance Alliance show-and-tell session on Thursday, Aug. 23, for those banks interested in viewing the tools and services provided by Compliance Alliance. The session will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Doral Centre, 101 W. 69th Street in Sioux Falls.

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Website Highlights Banks' Support for America's Farmers and Ranchers

America’s banks provide much-needed credit to America’s farmers and ranchers in the form of loans, lines of credit and other financial products and services. In 2017, the industry had $181 billion in outstanding agricultural loans that support the nation’s farmers from the coasts to the heartland, according to statistics from the new America’s Banks website. “Access to reliable credit is key in any successful business,” remarked one Iowa famer in a video on the site. “In farming, with its ups and downs, we rely on our local bank to keep our operation successful." 

To learn more, visit the newly reimagined America’s Banks website, Bankers are encouraged to share the website, facts and figures, stories and videos with their lawmakers and customers and are invited, when sharing on social media, to use the hashtag #AmericasBanks

FinCEN Extends Beneficial Ownership Relief for CD Rollovers, Loan Renewals

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has extended for 30 additional days its temporary suspension of the beneficial ownership requirements for certificate of deposit rollovers and loans that renew automatically. The temporary suspension will now expire on Sept. 8. FinCEN is working to finalize a more permanent solution in response to concerns raised by ABA and others in the banking industry. 

As part of the ongoing effort to help banks comply with the customer due diligence rule--which took effect May 11--FinCEN has created an informational webpage that pulls together various documents on the rule.

SBA to Hold Rural Lending Event in Pierre

The U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will present  a panel on rural small business lending and technical assistance on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Pierre. 

The audience will learn about assistance and loans offered by the SBA, USDA Rural Development, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Governor’s Office Economic Development and representatives of banking associations that can assist entrepreneurs start or grow a business. The session will also provide valuable information for lenders wanting to assist rural entrepreneurs. 

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Treasury Recommends Pro-Innovation Updates to Fintech Regulation

The Treasury Department on Tuesday issued a long-awaited report recommending changes to laws and regulations affecting non-bank financial providers and the broader fintech environment. The fourth in a series of reports issued in response to President Trump’s executive order on core principles for financial regulation, this report includes several recommendations long advocated by ABA as part of its efforts to enhance financial innovation.

“We are encouraged to see that the Treasury Department’s fintech report recognizes the innovative technologies banks have already deployed and will continue to develop, both on their own and in partnership with others,” said ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols. “We continue to review the recommendations in the report, but we appreciate that many of the ideas are consistent with the principles set forth in the white paper ABA sent to Treasury earlier this year.”

Reflecting the ongoing evolution of technology, Treasury specifically recommended:

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House Passes ABA-Backed Flood Insurance Extension

The House yesterday passed an ABA-supported measure extending the National Flood Insurance Program through Nov. 30, providing certainty for lenders and borrowers during this year’s hurricane season. Following the 366-to-52 vote, the Senate must now pass the measure to ensure authorization for the NFIP does not expire as scheduled on July 31.

ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols welcomed the House’s action. “If there is a lapse, many loan closings in high-risk areas will be delayed or otherwise complicated, resulting in additional costs and borrower frustrations,” Nichols commented. He added that “ABA strongly supports both a long-term reauthorization of the program and necessary reforms that will make the NFIP more sustainable, while also balancing concerns over availability and affordability.”

A recent ABA Banking Journal article provided tips for bankers on preparing for a possible lapse in NFIP authorization. Read the article

Emergency Farm Aid to Ease Concerns Over Trade Disputes

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would extend $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers amid signs the U.S. agricultural sector is beginning to feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s escalating trade disputes with major U.S. trading partners.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the U.S. government would provide incremental payments to support prices of some of the hardest-hit commodities, including soybeans, sorghum, cotton, corn, wheat and pork, according to a story by The Wall Street Journal.

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