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L to R: FBI Little Rock Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board Member Wes Booker, classmate and Senior Writer for Gov. Asa Hutchinson Jay Grelen, Grelen’s wife, Candace Rankin

Congratulations Candace!

Farmers Bank & Trust Community Specialist & Assistant Board Secretary Candace Rankin graduated from the prestigious FBI Citizens Academy program on June 7, 2022.

The FBI Citizens Academy gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Candidates are nominated and then selected to participate by the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.

“I have always had respect for law enforcement, but this experience really opened my eyes to a lot of things I was unaware of. The level of respect I have for them now is even greater,” Rankin said.

“The FBI Citizens Academy is an excellent curriculum to connect the FBI to our local leaders and difference-makers in Arkansas,” Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Anderson said. “Candace has been instrumental in the Bank’s relationship with the FBI, by connecting them to the communities we serve.”

In her role, Rankin organizes various Bank and community events including the annual FBI Community Awareness Program luncheons where law enforcement from all departments across the state get together with community leaders for a presentation and brief training.

“Farmers Bank & Trust’s former Chairman & CEO Bob Burns went through this program many years ago and our CEO Chris Gosnell has gone through it as well,” Rankin said. “I’m honored the Bank nominated me for this opportunity and that I was able to attend.”

Once a week for eight weeks Rankin drove from Magnolia, Arkansas to Little Rock for class. Topics covered during the academy include cybersecurity, active shooter training, negotiation, domestic and counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, stop the bleed training, and more.

“I believe everyone who works in customer care should learn this information. It’s potentially life-saving,” Rankin said.

For more information about the FBI Citizens Academy, visit HERE.

Candace with classmate Alicia Evans of Arkansas Department of Labor
L to R: Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Anderson, Farmers Bank & Trust Hope Market President Jacob Jones, Hope Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan Crossley, Farmers Bank & Trust CEO Chris Gosnell, Farmers Bank & Trust Commercial Loan Officer, VP, Janet Choate

Courtesy of Hope Public Schools

The Farmers Bank Foundation of Magnolia, Arkansas, has announced an endowment of $125,000 to Hope Public Schools in Hope, Arkansas. Funds donated will be allocated to Hope Public Schools high school seniors to attend local universities and community colleges within the footprints of Farmers Bank & Trust branches.

“The main giving mission for the Farmers Bank Foundation is to help local education,” said Farmers Bank & Trust Hope Market President Jacob Jones. “We are thrilled to partner with Hope Public Schools to fund higher education locally and keep our best and brightest right here in South Arkansas.”

Scholarships will be available through the Hope Public Schools scholarship program starting in the 2023 school year, with the commitment to fund scholarships for years to come. The Farmers Bank Foundation will pay out the donation over ten years.

Hope Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan Crossley said, “This transformative partnership between Hope Public Schools and Farmers Bank will change the lives of HPS students. We already have innovative partnerships with UA-HT where students can graduate with associate’s degrees and skilled trade certifications. This investment from Farmers will decrease the financial barrier many students have in pursuing post-secondary education. We are so grateful for Farmers and their dedication to the Hope community. We have the vision that ALL students will graduate from Hope Public Schools ready for the next step, whatever that may be. In the coming years. Farmers Bank will help make that vision a guarantee.”


About Farmers Bank Foundation: Created in 2021 for Farmers Bank & Trust’s 115 anniversary, the Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live. The foundation’s funding is made possible by the bank’s shareholders and employees across Arkansas and Texas. The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that will operate independently from Farmers Bank & Trust. For additional information or to apply for Farmers Bank Foundation funding, please visit MyFarmers.Bank/FarmersBankFoundation.

On Thursday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. the public is invited to attend a celebration of the grand opening of the newly renovated Hempstead County Courthouse, located at 200 E. 3rd Street in Hope, Arkansas. A free catered brunch will be provided by Farmers Bank & Trust.

“Farmers Bank & Trust is proud to align itself with the voters of Hempstead County to bring this to fruition. The building is paid off and I believe it will serve our citizens well,” Farmers Bank & Trust Hope Market President Jacob Jones said.

Speakers for the event include Farmers Bank & Trust CEO Chris Gosnell, Hempstead County Judge Jerry Crane, and Justice of the Peace Steve Atchley, who is the project manager of courthouse improvements.

Farmers Bank & Trust sold the building to Hempstead County in 2017. To learn more, click HERE.

The Farmers Bank Foundation is preparing to host its first Battle of the Badges basketball game, benefiting the Paris Police Department and Paris Fire Department. The game will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Trinity Christian Academy gym located at 2192 FM 79 in Paris, Texas. Prior to the game, the public is invited to a hamburger dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

The Farmers Bank Foundation is donating $25,000. Additionally, all the money raised from live and silent auctions will be added to the total. To determine who will receive sixty percent of the cut, both departments will battle it out on the court. Local high school cheerleaders will also be performing during the event.

“We can never say thank you enough to the men and women who are willing to risk everything for our safety,” said Farmers Bank & Trust Regional Market President, Jeff Nutt. “This event is a great opportunity to show them how much we appreciate what they do.”

Live and Silent Auctions

The live auction will feature two utility trailers totaling more than $9,000 donated by MAXX-D Trailers and Lamar Trailers, a one-night cabin rental in Broken Bow, Oklahoma at Restoration Ridge donated by Don Preston and Jason Ward, and a certificate for Crawford’s Hole in the Wall’s famous Bread Pudding every month for a year.

“Our local businesses have been very supportive. We appreciate their donations to make this event a success!” said Farmers Bank & Trust Paris Market President, Erik Roddy.

Silent auction items include a Tonneau Roll-Up Truck Bed Cover donated by Jay Hodge Chevrolet – Sulphur Springs, a set of running boards donated by Jay Hodge – Hugo, a set of tires donated by Jay Hodge Dodge – Paris, a Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 9MM Pistol donated by Blossom Hardware, Jeff Nutt, and Erik Roddy, RTIC Cooler donated by Farmers Bank & Trust, and two gift baskets full of gift cards from local restaurants and women’s boutiques.

“Farmers Bank & Trust and the Farmers Bank Foundation are looking forward to making a big impact in Paris, Texas,” said Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Anderson. “We encourage everyone to come out and support their local police and fire departments.”

Elizabeth as a young girl with an old Farmers Bank & Trust trucker hat.

Elizabeth Burns Anderson’s earliest memory of Farmers Bank & Trust is sneaking suckers from behind the teller line as a young girl. Her great-great-grandfather started the Bank 115 years ago. Now, she leads the Farmers Bank Foundation and has a passion for developing partnerships with the Bank to help local schools, non-profits, and municipalities.

“The mission of the Farmers Bank Foundation is to enrich the communities where our customers and employees live, which is so important because not only are our customers how we sustain, but our employees are how we succeed,” said Anderson.

One way the Farmers Bank Foundation gets involved in the Bank’s communities is by hosting events. Here are a few in the works for 2022:

  • Arkansas State Police Foundation Golf Tournament – Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Texas A&M-Texarkana Distinguished Speaker Series with NASA Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly – Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation South Arkansas Outdoor Social Trap Tournament – Saturday, September 17, 2022

Stay tuned to our social media pages for announcements on new Foundation events and more details! Follow us on our Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE. For more on the Foundation, visit MyFarmers.Bank/FarmersBankFoundation.


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The Farmers Bank Foundation of Magnolia, Arkansas, donated a total of $5,000 to five affiliate offices of The CALL, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and equips local churches to serve children and youth placed in foster care.

The Farmers Bank Foundation granted $1,000 to the following The CALL offices in Arkansas: Hempstead & Nevada Counties, Miller County, Columbia & Lafayette Counties, Saline & Perry Counties, and Ouachita County.

“I have seen first-hand how The CALL can make a difference in a child’s life,” said Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Burns Anderson. “They work endlessly to provide safe Christian homes for children in foster care.”

A living and meeting space inside of The CALL home office located at 2010 Military Road in Benton, AR.

The giving priorities of the Farmers Bank Foundation are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live.

The CALL is a statewide organization and is active in 44 counties around Arkansas. They partner with the Division of Children and Family Services to recruit, train and support foster and adoptive families for children and teens in foster care.

“The generous financial support from our community enables us to focus on finding healing and supportive homes for children in foster care instead of having to focus our time and energy on fundraising,” said Julia DesCarpentrie, County Coordinator for The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties. “We appreciate the support of Farmers Bank & Trust!”

(L to R): Farmers Bank & Trust Content Specialist Cara Knight, The CALL County Coordinator Julia DesCarpentrie, Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Anderson

DesCarpentrie said the money donated for Saline & Perry Counties will be used to finish out a back patio and a new swing set before the spring for their home office located at 2010 Military Road in Benton, AR.

For ways you can get involved with The CALL, please visit TheCallinArkansas.org/volunteer.

The CALL of Saline & Perry Counties Foster Care Closet located in Benton, AR.

Hempstead & Nevada Counties

(L to R): Farmers Bank & Trust Hope Market President Jacob Jones, The CALL Administrative Assistant Julie Lively, The CALL Financial Coordinator Bill Coffee, The CALL County Coordinator Dixie Coffee, Famers Bank & Trust Commercial Loan Officer Janet Choate

Miller County

(L to R): James Bramlett, Farmers Bank & Trust Texarkana Market President
Laura Smith, The CALL Miller County Coordinator
Cala McCool, Farmers Bank & Trust Mortgage Loan Processor

Columbia & Lafayette Counties

(L to R): Monty Harrington, Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia Market President
Krista Hamlin, The CALL County Coordinator
Brenda Holley, Farmers Bank & Trust Retail Loan Officer
Maggie Harrell, Farmers Bank & Trust Teller
Jason Ray, Farmers Bank & Trust Commercial Loan Officer

Ouachita County

(L to R): Farmers Bank & Trust Camden Market President Blake Fain, The CALL County Coordinator Makenzie Hayes

About Farmers Bank Foundation: Created in 2021 for Farmers Bank & Trust’s 115 anniversary, the Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live. The foundation’s funding is made possible by the bank’s shareholders and employees across Arkansas and Texas. The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that will operate independently from Farmers Bank & Trust. For additional information or to apply for Farmers Bank Foundation funding, please visit HERE.

The Farmers Bank Foundation presented the Magnolia Fire Department with $5,000 in grant money to purchase vital rescue equipment, including a truck.

“As of January 1, 2021, the Magnolia Fire Department assumed the duties of Rescue/Extraction for all of Columbia County,” Assistant Fire Chief Randal Stevens said. “The local ambulance service discontinued its operations of these services.”

Stevens said the Magnolia Fire Department and Columbia County entered into a partnership, and this money will allow them to purchase a rescue truck, extrication tools, along other necessary rescue equipment.

“Firefighters choose daily to support and save the citizens they serve, and we are honored to support them in return,” Elizabeth Anderson, Executive Director of the Farmers Bank Foundation, said. “The Farmers Bank Foundation plans to make first responders a priority in grantmaking.”

The Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the Bank’s communities.

“The services that are being provided to the citizens of Magnolia and Columbia County, and anyone passing through our community, will be a tremendous asset and possibly a life-saving contribution,” Stevens said.

For more information about the Farmers Bank Foundation, click HERE.

Farmers Bank & Trust and the Farmers Bank Foundation are excited to announce the kickoff for the Funding Great Futures campaign to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia, Arkansas. The campaign will begin with a $150,000 matching donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia along with an inaugural event, Behind the Blue Door, featuring guest speaker Danyelle Musselman.

Deneisa Jamerson, Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia Executive Director, and Chris Ludwig, Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia Director of Sports & Facilities

“The Boys & Girls Club is more than just a recreational facility,” said Deneisa Jamerson, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia. “It’s a place where kids can come and be safe. There’s a trusted and supported network of adults that are willing to invest into the future of our children and teach them how to become productive, caring, and responsible citizens.”

The Behind the Blue Door event will take place Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Magnolia High School Basketball Arena at 7:00 PM. Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased at any Farmers Bank & Trust location or the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia. You can also purchase tickets online HERE.

Donations for the Funding Great Futures campaign will remodel and enhance the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia building for local students. Farmers Bank & Trust will lead the charge from the Farmers Bank Foundation to help the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia reach its goal of $500,000 by the end of August. For donation opportunities, please contact Deneisa Jamerson at (870) 234-3300 or djamerson.bgcm@gmail.com.

The new basketball gym floor after the Farmers Bank Foundation’s $150,000 donation to the Club.

“The donation from the Farmers Bank Foundation has afforded us to do some marvelous things, and one of those is redoing the gym floor for basketball,” said Jamerson. “We needed to update the playing surface, and this has allowed us to put our best foot forward.”

“We are proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia’s vision to provide a world-class experience that ensures success is within reach of every young person in Magnolia. We challenge other local businesses to help us complete the Funding Great Futures campaign,” said Chris Gosnell, chief executive officer of Farmers Bank & Trust.


About Danyelle Musselman: Danyelle Musselman has an extensive background working in sports broadcasting with years of experience in anchoring, hosting, and reporting. Most recently, Musselman worked for the NFL Network where she served as an update anchor and as the host of “Up to the Minute.”  She also served as the host for Yahoo Sports, and as an anchor for Fox Sports Net.

In addition, Musselman worked as a sideline reporter for FOX Sports NFL games and spent two years anchoring various programs on ESPN and ESPNews. Musselman is the Co-Chair of the Coaches vs Cancer Wives & Friends team and serves as the Market Chair for the Make a Wish Foundation Mid-South Region.

Musselman is married to current Arkansas Men’s Basketball coach Eric Musselman.  They share three children, Michael (25), Matthew (20), and Mariah (11).

About Farmers Bank Foundation: Created in 2021 for Farmers Bank & Trust’s 115 anniversary, the Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live. The foundation’s funding is made possible by the bank’s shareholders and employees across Arkansas and Texas. The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that will operate independently from Farmers Bank & Trust. For additional information or to apply for Farmers Bank Foundation funding, please visit MyFarmers.Bank/FarmersBankFoundation.

Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia, Arkansas, has formed a foundation, named the Farmers Bank Foundation. The giving priorities of the Farmers Bank Foundation are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live. The foundation’s funding is made possible by the bank’s shareholders and employees across Arkansas and Texas. The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that will operate independently from Farmers Bank & Trust.

Elizabeth Burns Anderson will manage the Farmers Bank Foundation. A fifth-generation employee of Farmers Bank & Trust and native of Magnolia, Elizabeth has worked to form the foundation and will hold the position of executive director. She will ensure the funding of local grants and guide the foundation to be a hub of all the volunteer hours and projects that employees of Farmers Bank & Trust support within their communities.

“Coming from a family where giving back is your greatest responsibility, forming the Farmers Bank Foundation has been one of my greatest honors. This foundation will allow Farmers Bank & Trust to have a lasting legacy in all the markets we serve,” said Elizabeth Burns Anderson, executive director of the Farmers Bank Foundation.

“We decided to form the Farmers Bank Foundation to further commit to our core values, HEART which stands for honor, excellence, adaptability, respect, and teamwork, and to demonstrate those values in the communities we serve. Additionally, we are proud to include the HEART symbol in the new Farmers Bank Foundation logo,” said Chris Gosnell, chief executive officer of Farmers Bank & Trust.

The Farmers Bank Foundation will continue to fund projects that correspond with the bank’s giving mission to help veterans, law enforcement/civic workers, education, and wellness. For additional information or to apply for Farmers Bank Foundation funding, please visit MyFarmers.Bank/FarmersBankFoundation.


About Farmers Bank & Trust: Founded in 1906, Farmers Bank & Trust is a community bank owned by the privately held holding company, Magnolia Banking Corporation, headquartered in Magnolia, Arkansas. Farmers Bank & Trust now has more than 20 locations in Arkansas and Texas and approximately $1.8 billion in assets.  Farmers offers a full range of deposit services, trust, and investment management services, as well as business, commercial real estate, construction, mortgage, residential, and consumer loans. To learn more, visit our website at MyFarmers.Bank.