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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

Citizens Bank Minnesota has a ‘Trending Security Topics’ page on our website that gets updated monthly with new articles about cybercrime, scams and fraud. Be sure to visit the page often to get the latest news and resources to keep yourself safer online!
http://bit.ly/securitytopics

Harvest 2019

As an eventful and often times stressful 2019 crop season comes to an end with harvest approaching, we would encourage all farmers to consider the following:

  • Farm Safety
    • Please check to make sure all safety equipment (I.E. – safety shields, fire extinguishers, etc.) is in place and in working order.
    • Be especially careful and diligent around any moving equipment and/or parts, don’t assume anything as things happen faster than we expect.
    • Make sure to use your flashers and be aware of your surroundings.
    • Wear protective and reflective clothing. 
    • When working around/in grain bins, use all appropriate safety equipment and if at all possible have a 2nd person around in case of emergency.
  • Crop Insurance
    • Be aware of your crop insurance coverage as area yields are expected to be highly variable and the chances you will have a claim have increased.
    • If you notice that your yields are potentially near or below your insurance guarantees, contact your crop insurance agent immediately to file a claim.
    • Crop Insurance Claims need to be filed within 10 days of harvest completion.
    • Please keep load records of yields from each farm and mark your bins if you are co-mingling production from several farm units.
    • If you are co-mingling 2019 crop with 2018 crop inventory, you need to request a measurement of the 2018 crop on hand.
    • We recommend reporting your yields as quickly as possible post-harvest while the data is still readily available.
    • New for this year, RMA has extended the premium due date to be postmarked no later than Nov. 30th.  Please keep this in mind as should the bill not be postmarked by the Nov. 30th deadline, all interest will be retroactive to Oct. 1st.  
  • Farm Finances
    • Do you have a marketing plan built into your 2019 cash-flow projection and are you adhering to it? Do you know/remember your break-even commodity prices?  Should we end up with a short crop this fall, you may have opportunities for selling crop during and/or after harvest and you need to stay aware of potential opportunities the market may give you.
    • Have you signed up for the 2019 MFP program payment? The deadline to do so is Dec. 6th. Have you thought about how this payment affects your cash flow?
    • Have you signed up for either the ARC or PLC program? The deadline to do so is Mar. 15th.
    • If you utilize an operating line of credit, does your 2019 line have enough availability to cover your expected fall expenses? If there are expected 2020 prepaid expenses being purchased prior to year-end, do you have a 2020 operating line of credit in place?
    • If you are expecting to seal your grain and potentially utilize FSA’s CCC loan program, please notify and consult your operating lender prior to doing so.
  • Capital Replacement Plan
    • Do you have a capital replacement plan?
    • As producers we often evaluate and consider our equipment needs during fall harvest while spending time in the cabs. Is there a year potential year end purchase you are considering?
    • Have you considered Citizens Bank Minnesota for financing these potential needs? We offer very competitive interest rates and flexible repayment terms.

2019 has been a challenging and stressful year when considering trade wars, low commodity prices, wet spring planting weather, and the unknown of what fall harvest will bring.  If you or someone you know needs or wants to talk to someone, please remember that the MN Extension’s Farm and Rural Helpline is available by contacting them at 1-833-600-2670 ext. 1.  From all of us at Citizens Bank Minnesota, we wish you a safe and prosperous harvest!

**Save the Date! Join us on January 16, 2020, from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the New Ulm Event Center for our Ag Seminar, featuring Frayne Olson, PhD – Crops Economist/Marketing Specialist and Director – Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University. To learn more about Dr. Olson, visit: https://www.agweek.com/business/agriculture/4463910-agweek-market-extra-frayne-olson-north-dakota-state-university

By: Justin Gode, Vice President/Lender

Member FDIC/Equal Housing Lender

INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE PRODUCTS: Are Not Insured by the FDIC or any other federal government agency • Are not deposits of or guaranteed by a Bank or any Bank Affiliate • May Lose Value

Alexa – Pay My Bills!

Introducing Alexa Voice Bill Pay!

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What is Voice Bill Pay?

A Voice Bill Pay skill, like iPay QuickPay, is a voice-driven capability that enables you to access certain information about your Citizens Bank Minnesota bill pay account on your Alexa-enabled device.

Once you’ve enabled the skill, you can ask Alexa to make a payment, provide payment history and check scheduled payments!

Who can I pay with iPay QuickPay?

  • You are able to make a payment to eligible payees you’ve added to your bill pay account
  • You can ask Alexa to list your payees if you are unsure of which payees you’ve added to your account

For more information on how you can get started with iPay QuickPay, please visit our website at: https://www.citizensmn.bank/personal/online-services

WooHoo! Checking – the account that makes your piggy bank jealous!

Does your checking account earn you little or no interest? Then you need Citizens Bank Minnesota‘s WooHoo! Checking account! With a great rate and FREE ATM’s, it’s the account that will have you shouting “WooHoo!”

Check out our website for full details! WooHoo! Checking

#WooHooItsWhatWeDo

WooHoo! It’s What We Do at Citizens Bank Minnesota!

WooHoo! It’s what we do at Citizens Bank Minnesota! We treat every client like an MVP! Slide on in to any of our locations to check out our grand slam products and services! WooHoo! We have an account for you! #WooHooBanking

http://www.citizensmn.bank

Debit Card Tips For Travel

earth-globe-vector-148838Citizens Bank Minnesota’s MasterCard Debit Cards can be used anywhere!  Here are a few things to be aware of regarding your travels.

If you are using your debit card at a gas station outside of Minnesota you must select ‘Debit’ as the method of payment, always using your PIN. Due to recent fraud trends, Credit or Signature method of payment will decline in certain areas.

If you are purchasing from a company that is based International, or traveling outside of the United States, please notify Citizens Connection department in advance at 1-800-549-0194 or (507) 354-3165 and we will open your card for use.  Citizens does not assess foreign transaction fees; however, the merchant or ATM you are using may do so.

Money passNeed an ATM?  Download the Money Pass App to identify thousands of ATM’s free for you to use nationwide.

Need to make a deposit? You can do that quickly and conveniently wherever you are with Mobile Deposit on our Go! Mobile app!

Safety and security of your accounts is our priority; on occasion you may receive a text, email or phone call from our after-hour fraud service or a bank representative asking you to verify transactions.  If we are unable to reach you, there may be a temporary hold placed on your card until we hear back and verify that the transactions in question were authorized by you.

Note: Fraud service representatives only ask that you verify transactions not account numbers. Scam calls often try to obtain account numbers and specific information in regards to your identity, which when given compromises your accounts.

In the event your Citizens MasterCard Debit Card has been lost or stolen, please contact Citizens Bank Minnesota immediately at (507) 354-3165 or after hours at  866-546-8273.

Thank you so much for choosing to bank with us and best wishes on your next travel adventure!

By: Citizens Connection Department

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