Smalltown Kansas bank is financial trailblazer

The renamed Citizens Bank of Weir, located in a town of 700 people in southeastern Kansas, could be the bank of the future, says the New York Times.

Feeder livestock borrowing up 50 percent in Fed survey

Agricultural banks say loan volume for feeder livestock rose by 50 percent in the second quarter of this year after rising by 13 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, according to the Federal Reserve in its Agricultural Finance Databook.

Barclays may exit part parts of commodity trading

Barclays, one of the five largest banks in comodities, "is reportedly planning to exit large parts of its agricultural trading business," says the Financial Times, with an announcement possible on Tuesday.