JEWELL, Kan. - In recent years, Jewell County farmer Tom Bartsch has watched his local community bank stray from its historical farm-lending niche.

"It used to be a really big ag bank," Mr. Bartsch said of $8.5 million- asset Heartland Bank. "The previous owners ran a lot of those customers off."

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