Last week, First State Bancshares, Inc., parent company of First State Bank, announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rudolph Bancshares, parent company of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Rudolph, Wis. Farmers and Merchants Bank will subsequently merge with First State Bank and operate under the First State Bank. This is the seventeenth Wisconsin bank merger announced in 2016, an increase over the twelve that were announced in 2015.