WASHINGTON - The Office of Thrift Supervision announced Monday that it had approved the application of the Illinois Agricultural Association to buy a savings bank and acquire a federal thrift charter.

The association, which represents the 350,000 members of the state's 96 county farm bureaus, intends to offer trust-related products and services; it got a limited charter restricting it to those activities.

The thrift being bought, Country Trust Bank of Bloomington, Ill., simultaneously acquired the assets and liabilities of IAA Trust Co., a subsidiary of the association. The transaction was structured this way in order to satisfy a state banking law that bars the direct conversion of a state-chartered trust company to a federal charter.

- Rob Garver

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