Straight Talk — Bankers Need Options

      With the leaders of both national trade groups coming from Michigan, we get a chance to wrestle with a fascinating question: how does a banker choose which trade group to support? Many bankers are active in both the trade groups in their state, but others decide to line up largely or solely with either their state group (ABA affiliated) or their independent group (ICBA affiliated).

      For Jim MacPhee and Art Johnson, the subjects of our feature, the decision has its roots in the ag crisis. Both their banks . . .

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