August 22, 2013

Business in brief, week of Aug. 18, 2013


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Salin Bank names new VP

INDIANAPOLIS— Michael Greer has been named to lead commercial and business banking efforts throughout the state for Salin Bank.

Greer's extensive experience includes leading Associated Bank, Rockford, Ill., where he served as President and CEO. He also was the director of Commercial Banking for First National Bank & Trust, Kokomo, now BMO-Harris Bank.

Greer has a B.S. in business administration from Ohio State University where he majored in finance and marketing. He is a graduate of the School of Banking from the University of Wisconsin.

Salin Bank and Trust Company, a family-owned community bank, is one of the top ten chartered banks in Indiana with assets of more than $850 million. Salin operates 23 banking locations including in Burlington, Delphi, Flora, Galveston, Logansport and Walton.

Farmland leasing program slated in Sept.

Farmers, landowners, bankers, and farm managers are invited to the upcoming program Finding Balance in Farmland Lease Contracts.

Many times there is confusion in determining a fair value for land rents and which lease option matches the expectations for landowners and tenants. The Purdue Land Lease Team has developed this program along with several publications that address the many questions concerning land leases.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at Ivy Tech College /Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.

Tamara Ogle and Paul Marcellino, Purdue Extension educators from the Purdue Extension Land Lease Team, and Miriam Robeson, attorney at law, will be the speakers. Topics covered include trends in land leases, essential communication for optimum landowner-tenant relationships, determining your land’s cash rent value, types of farmland leases, legal aspects of a good lease and understanding landowner-tenant expectations.

There is no cost for this program but registration is appreciated. For registration or additional information, contact Paul Marcellino at 765-456-2313 or by email at

Ivy Tech hosts apprenticeship session

Ivy Tech Corporate College and Dilling Group Inc. will host information sessions for the Dilling Group Inc. apprenticeship program on the Ivy Tech Logansport Campus on Tuesday.

The morning session is from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; the afternoon session is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Those interested in the industrial maintenance mechanic technician apprenticeship program should plan to attend.

For more information and to RSVP, call Jan Bailey, executive director of Ivy Tech Corporate College, at 800-459-0561, ext. 284, or email her at

Monsanto reprises Grow Communities program

Now in its fourth consecutive year, America's Farmers Grow Communities will give farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.

Register for a chance to donate to your favorite nonprofit organization online at The deadline for eligible farmers to enter is Nov. 30. In December, the Monsanto Fund will then select one winner at random in each eligible countyand announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2014.

New to the Grow Communities program last year is the chance for community members to "plant" their ideas. Rural community members can now visit the Grow Communities website and submit an idea or initiative in need of funding. Eligible farmers are able to review planted ideas and consider them in their registrations.

Farmers have helped fund more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations in rural America through America's Farmers Grow Communities. Farmers and rural community members can visit and register to win or submit an idea in need of funding. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural communities.