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WBA Agricultural Lending School Congratulates 2022 Class

The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) is pleased to announce that 11 bankers have completed the 2022 WBA Agricultural Lending School, which was held August 10–12 at the WBA headquarters in Madison. The WBA Agricultural Lending School’s rigorous curriculum includes case studies, a farm visit, and in-class work and discussions. The individuals who completed this year’s school are:
  • Cassandra Baeten, Ag Portfolio Manager, Bank of Luxemburg
  • Cody Belken, Credit Analyst, Royal Bank, Dickeyville
  • Riley Carson, Ag Loan Officer, Community Bank, Vernon Center
  • Hope Francis, Credit Analyst, Community First Bank, Platteville
  • Chris Greenwood, Branch Manager, Waumandee State Bank, Arcadia
  • Heather Hafften, Ag Loan Officer, Peoples State Bank, Dickeyville
  • Marissa Hanley, Agricultural Credit Analyst, Nicolet National Bank, Seymour
  • Mara Hird, Residential Relationship Manager – AVP, Peoples State Bank, Wauzeka
  • Jamie Horsfall, Agricultural Relationship Manager, Peoples State Bank, Fennimore
  • Rayanne Walker, Agricultural Credit Analyst, Nicolet National Bank, Eau Claire
  • Amy Bloczynski, AVP/Branch Manager, Waumandee State Bank, Black River Falls
Ag Lending School Class Photo

(Left to right) Cody Belken, Jamie Horsfall , Cassandra Baeten, Rayanne Walker, Brad Guse, Mara Hird, Hope Francis, Chris Greenwood, Amy Bloczynski, Marissa Hanley, Kevin Bernhardt, Riley Carson, and Heather Hafften

“I am happy to congratulate the bankers who recently completed the WBA Agricultural Lending School,” said WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels. “Agriculture is integral to Wisconsin’s economy, and having highly professional ag lenders who understand the needs of our farmers is key.”
Through the program — led by faculty Bradley Guse, senior vice president, agribusiness banking at BMO Harris Bank, NA, Marshfield, and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, professor and UW-Extension farm management specialist, UW-Platteville — participants built their knowledge and skills around current trends in agriculture, borrower/lender relationships, farm business financial modeling, and best practices in lending. WBA’s educational programming keeps Wisconsin bankers at the forefront of their profession, so that they are able to offer the highest quality service to the customers and communities they serve.