First Farmers State Bank

4001 GE Road Bloomington, IL 61704 (309) 663-6200

301 Locust Street Delavan, IL 61734 (309) 244-9277

101 S. Main Avenue Minier, IL 61759 (309) 392-2623

P.O. Box 800 Minier, IL 61759


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(Posted August 27th 2014 @ 4:00 PM by: Dena McDonald)

First Farmers now a mobile app available to help protect you from fraud... and allow you to track your accounts!

Introducing SHAZAM BOLT$!

With the SHAZAM BOLT$ app, you can automatically receive email alerts 24/7 whenever a debit card purchase is made where your card is not present (such as telephone or internet orders). You're also notified when potentially fraudulent activity occurs, including puchases for large amounts or transactions in foreign countries. You'll know right away whether the purchases are valid... so you can call immediately and put a stop to any fraud.

Plus, SHAZAM BOLT$ lets you check your account... anytime, anywhere! 

With Bolt$, you can access balance information on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. 

Enrolling is easy!

To enroll, download SHAZAM BOLT$ for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play or go to Click the "New Mobile Card User" option and then enter the full card number for your First Farmers First Check Visa Debit Card to become eligible for the service.

If you need additional guidance, simply download the Bolt$ Cardholder User Guide.

(Posted July 17th 2014 @ 2:05 PM )

Please join First Farmers State Bank for one of our 2014 Field Day events. An agronomist from Diversified Services, Inc. will provide a market udpate and facilitate discussion leading into fall decision-making.

First Farmers State Bank employees will be available to discuss any specific crop insurance or general banking questions you may have.


3 dates/locations to choose from:

Zimmer Farm
229 2800th St., San Jose

(please RSVP by August 5)

Troyer Farm
Rt. 122 & Lauster Rd., Minier
(please RSVP by August 7)

King Farm
21024 E. 1600 North Rd., Normal
(please RSVP by August 19)

Time is 8-10a.m. each day--RAIN OR SHINE.

Refreshments provided.

Contact a First Farmers Ag Specialist:


(Posted July 17th 2014 @ 11:45 AM )
Down a Dog and Win a Weber!

We know we wouldn't be in business without our many great customers!

You have one last chance to win a Weber! The Delavan branch will hold its Weber grill drawing on Thursday, August 28, so if you haven't yet turned in your entry slip, do so right away!

And join us in Delavan for a hot dog cookout...

Date:  Friday, August 29
Time:  11am - 1pm
Location:  The Delavan Bank Branch

Entry forms for the drawings were mailed to all customers with their bank statements. If you did not receive one or lost the ones that were mailed, contact the branch(es) for a replacement form.

*Photo may not be an exact representation of actual prize.

(Posted June 12th 2014 @ 1:20 PM )
5 Reasons to Choose a Community Bank

Choosing a community bank puts the bank closer to where you live and play. It is a small business with a personal feel that builds relationships with it clients. There is just something comforting about going to a place where the people know you, your kids go to school together, they know the local businesses and understand where you are coming from. But there is more to banking with a community bank, much more. Here are five compelling reasons to choose a community bank.

1.  Community Banks Support the Local Economy. Small business is responsible for creating many new jobs and they depend heavily on community banks when it comes to financing. While local banks control less than 25 percent of all bank assets, they are responsible for more than 50 percent of all small business lending. Small businesses actually get very little from larger banks. The top 20 largest banks in the United States control more than half of all bank assets. However, of their commercial loan portfolios a mere 18 percent goes to small business.

2.  Community Banks Create Productive Investment Opportunities. When you choose to bank locally you are investing in a community …

(Posted June 12th 2014 @ 1:00 PM )
Help Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF) and First Farmers State Bank want to provide the following suggestions for preventing the disturbing trend of elder financial abuse:

  • Secure all of your valuables in a bank safety deposit box. These valuables can include your Social Security card, passports, credit card account numbers, will and other legal documents, financial statements and medical records. Contact your nearest First Farmers State Bank location for box availability and current rental rates.
  • Do not give financial information to callers that contact you and claim to be from established organizations such as your bank or credit card companies, especially if they ask you to wire funds or send them private information. If you are concerned about your bank account, contact First Farmers directly.
  • Check your bank accounts and bill statements carefully. You can check them online so you can zoom in easily in case you need to make the statement larger for easier reading. If you notice unauthorized charges, alert First Farmers immediately. If you would like to receive your statement electronically from First Farmers (delivered as …
(Posted June 3rd 2014 @ 9:15 AM )
Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Warmer weather ushers in bike rides, barbeques, home improvements... and home purchases! Before you start seriously house shopping, First Farmers urges you to consider the following tips so that purchasing your dream home doesn't become a nightmare:

  • Know your monthly income and budget, including how much you spend on rent, utilities, entertainment, clothing, food and transportation.
  • Discuss your finances with a First Farmers State Bank lender before you begin looking for a home. It is important to stay within your means when purchasing a house.
  • Gather and organize paperwork and documents. Items you should have readily available include paycheck stubs, W2 forms, tax returns and bank and investment statements for the past two years.
  • Check your credit report so you are aware of what your current credit score is before applying for a loan. Credit reporting agencies must give you one free report annually.
  • Maxing out credit cards or falling behind on other loan payments could create issues when applying for a mortgage. Keep tabs on your spending habits before applying for …
(Posted June 2nd 2014 @ 10:05 PM )
Congratulations 2014 Graduates!

First Farmers State Bank would like to congratulate all of the 2014 high school and college graduates!

Maybe you're a student wishing to further your education. Perhaps you've earned your degree and are ready to enter the work force. Or maybe you have younger children who look to attend college in the future. Whatever station in life you are at, know that First Farmers' employees are here to help with the banking and financial needs you may have.

College Saver CDs, 529 Education Accounts, a checking account with Visa Check Card, a home loan to help you settle into your post-school life... wherever you find yourself right now, we are dedicated to tailoring solutions to best fit your needs.

How can we help you? Contact us today and visit with one of our dedicated Personal Bankers or Lenders. If you need investment guidance, email Financnial Advisor Brock Westbrook.

(Posted April 29th 2014 @ 2:40 PM )
Windows XP End of Life

Windows XP End of Life
And How It Affects First Farmers Online Banking

April 8, 2014 officially signified the end of life for Windows XP. If you or your organization is currently running the Windows XP operating system on one or more of your computers, you need to be aware that you are exposing your computer network to a dangerous security threat that should be addressed immediately.

Microsoft will release no new security updates, patches, or system updates to protect you from viruses, malware, spyware, crashes, or theft of personal information. That means your computer and or network could be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks that could cripple your individual computer or network. If you have even one XP computer on your network, then you are at risk.

Consider upgrading or replacing your system immediately* to limit your security threat exposure.

Does this affect my use of online banking with First Farmers?

It could. If you are a First Farmers customer that is still using Windows XP to access …

(Posted April 28th 2014 @ 8:15 AM )
First Installment of Property Taxes Soon Due

It's that time of year again... property tax bills are now being sent with the first installment due Monday, June 2.

First Farmers State Bank accepts payments for both McLean and Tazewell Counties. And you do not need to be a First Farmers customer to make your payment here! Just be sure your payment is accompanied by the slip for your first installment to ensure proper credit for your payment.

After June 2, First Farmers can no longer accept payments for the first installment.

If you have specific questions regarding your bill, contact the Treasurer for the applicable county:

Phone:  (309) 888-5180

Phone:  (309) 477-2284

(Posted April 6th 2014 @ 5:00 PM )

First Farmers is saddened by the recent passing of Scott Bettisch.

Scott was the Downs Community Fire Protection District EMS Chief. He spent his career helping those who battle fires, but sadly a hard-fought battle with colon cancer is one Scott could not win. We extend our sympathies to Scott's family and friends.

To help defray some of the financial costs, family and friends of Scott are organizing a benefit fundraiser. Please consider attending the benefit to "help the family of a hero"...

Scott Bettisch Benefit
Saturday, May 23 beginning at 5pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington IL
Tickets:  $15 per person

For more details, visit the Helping a Hero Facebook page or the website set up for the benefit (you can donate online and also purchase benefit tickets).

You can also drop off or mail a donation to First Farmers State Bank's Bloomington location. Make checks payable to "Scott Bettisch Benefit" (with Benefit Account in the memo line) and send to or drop off at:

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