Agricultural bankers want to lift the farm economy out of its three-year slump by giving farmers a financial stake in the products made from their raw commodities.

“The theory is making corn flakes where you grow the corn,” said John Blanchfield, director of the American Bankers Association’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking. He has spent the last three months in roundtable discussions with agricultural bankers in states including Texas, California, Illinois, and Iowa.

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