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Association News

Welcome to the Mississippi Land Bank news updates page. When there is news of interest to our customers and borrowers, we will place it here. Please check this space frequently for updates!

Breaking News

Win the Hunt of a Lifetime! -October 10, 2019

A Mississippi lifetime sportsman's license for a Mississippi resident youth (ages 5-16).

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Understanding Mid-South land values -August 30, 2019

According to the 2019 Mid-South Land Values and Lease Trends Report that was recently released by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), from 2000 until early 2008, prices for farmland increased about 1 to 2 percent annually...

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New and Retiring Leaders Recognized at Annual Stockholders Meeting -May 14, 2019

At this year’s Annual Stockholders Meeting, Board Chairman Abbott Myers recognized outgoing directors, James Gordon Robinson and Travis Satterfield for their service to the Land Bank. We are so thankful to have had both of these great men serve and direct the work of our association.

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Mississippi Land Bank Offers Loans for the Rural Lifestyle -May 09, 2019

Whether customers want to buy recreational property, a house in the country or farm equipment, Mississippi Land Bank in Corinth can make their dreams come true...

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Tupelo Branch Debuts MS Land Bank at Taste of Tupelo -November 18, 2018

The Tupelo Branch worked the Taste of Tupelo event last night at the BancorpSouth Arena. There were over 2,000 people that attended the event. It was Land Bank’s first time to participate in this event. Here are a few details about the Taste of Tupelo.

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MS Land Bank Would Like to Congratulate Mike Sturdivant on Being Named the 2017 Mississippi Farmer of the Year -November 07, 2017

The small town of Glendora is 38 miles due west of Grenada in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, and home to Due West Farm, where on any given day you will find Mike Sturdivant III, the state winner of the 2017 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award...

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Tate/Desoto County Forestry Association Wins Small County Forestry Association of the Year Award -October 13, 2017

Tate/Desoto County Forestry Association won the Small County Forestry Association of the Year Award at the Mississippi Forestry Association meeting in Biloxi this week. Pictured receiving the award are left to right: Garrett Dismukes, Tarah Ferguson, Tom Skelton and Matthew Raff. Tarah Ferguson is the Extension Agent for the Tate County Association. Tom Skelton and Garrett Dismukes serve as members of the association and Matthew Raff is currently serving as Treasurer. Matthew Raff is Vice President/Branch Manager of the Senatobia branch office and Garrett Dismukes is an appraiser for MS Land Bank.

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Board Chairman Abbott Myers Featured in Delta Farm Press Article -October 13, 2017

Moving into a new territory always brings a little trepidation. Where do we find good, credible contacts? Who are the ag leaders in the area? Where can I find some tasty short ribs? ...

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Mississippi Land Bank Relief Efforts for Hurricane Harvey -September 13, 2017

Farm and ranch communities are like families, and those connections extend across the country, especially in times of need. Hurricane Harvey has dramatically impacted the livelihoods of these families in Texas, and – as a member of the Texas District of the Farm Credit System – we are doing our part to help.

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MS Land Bank Customer Named Sunbelt 2017 Mississippi Farmer of the Year -July 31, 2017

After earning a prestigious Harvard University Master of Business Administration degree, Micajah “Mike” Sturdivant III could have entered real estate or most any other business, but decided instead to become a Mississippi Delta farmer...

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Personnel News

New Hires

Chad Bailey was hired as a Loan Officer in the Tupelo branch office on October 17, 2016.

Dustin Lambert was hired as Vice President Branch Manager for the Corinth branch office on September 30, 2016.

Garrett Dismukes was hired as an Appraiser Trainee at the administrative office in Senatobia. Garrett joined the team in August 2016.

Lisa Dudley was hired as an Accounting Specialist at the Administrative office in Senatobia. Lisa joined the accounting team in October, 2015.

Leslie Sheffield was hired as a Loan Administrator in the Tupelo branch office. Leslie joined the Tupelo branch staff in October, 2015.


Matthew Kimbrough was named branch manager of the Tupelo branch office in August 2016.

Craig Shideler was promoted from Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer to President/CEO effective 2/1/2016.

Ronnie Sellers was promoted from Vice President of Capital Markets to Sr. Vice President/Chief Credit Officer effective 2/1/2016.

Hunter Taylor was promoted from Assistant Vice President to Vice President of Branch Lending at the Senatobia branch on 1/1/2016.


William Deacon Foley was born on October 31, 2016. Deacon weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. He is the son of Meghan and Will Foley. Will is an Assistant Vice President in the Tupelo branch office.

Luke Sanford Harris was born on September 20, 2016. He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. Luke is the son of Bart and Laura Harris. Bart is the Vice President/Branch Manager of the Starkville branch office.

Evelyn Claire Kimbrough was born on September 1, 2016. Evelyn Claire weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Evelyn Claire is the daughter of Hannah and Matthew Kimbrough Matthew is the branch manager in Tupelo.

Avery Josephine Hardy, daughter of Melissa and Mike Hardy was born on May 7, 2016. Avery weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. Avery is the granddaughter of James and Jessica Stanford. Jessica is the VP of Administration in the Senatobia administrative office.

Lucas "Luke" Allen Pegram, son of Claire and Jim Pegram was born on April 16, 2016. Luke made his debut 6 weeks early but still weighed in at 5 pounds 1 ounces and was 18 inches long. Claire is the Chief Financial Officer in the Senatobia administrative office.

Jaylyn Eve Mullins, daughter of Holly and Tyler Mullins, was born on March 27, 2016. Jaylyn weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Tyler is the Senior Appraiser in the Senatobia Administrative Office.

Tenure Awards

  • Stella Perez - 40 years of service, 9/2016
  • Lauren Bell - 5 years of service, 9/2016
  • Tyler Mullins - 10 years of service, 8/2016
  • Sally McGarrity - 5 years of service, 2/2016
  • Cindy Lubiani - 20 years of service, 1/2016
  • Rob Taylor - 10 years of service, 1/2016

Honorable Mentions

Michael Neal, nephew of Stella Perez graduated in May from Bayou Academy. His accomplishments included Star Student, highest average in all classes, and he was Valedictorian of the Class of 2016. He will be attending Delta State and plans to pursue a degree in the field of science with a minor in English. Stella is a Sr. Loan Administrator in the Cleveland branch office.

Matthew Kimbrough, AVP of the Tupelo branch was selected to be a participant in the Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute Class of 2018.

Talyn Dunn, son of Melissa and Brian Dunn, an incoming senior at Magnolia Heights after attending the 2016 Motion Mission Conference has decided to be a leader under the youth minister at their church, Life Fellowship. Melissa is the Collateral Custodian in the Senatobia administrative office.

Rob Cannon, son-in-law of Craig and Calvert Shideler completed his 3 year residency. He accepted a fellowship position in sports medicine in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Rob, Lauren and Annie moved from Florida to Tuscaloosa this summer. Craig is CEO and located in the Senatobia administrative office.

Traviyon Dudley, grandson of Lisa Dudley recently competed in a Spelling Bee and received the Top Speller award for the 2nd Grade at Coffeeville Elementary School.

Cleveland branch loan officer, Chris Williams, received the Chamber Award for Service and Leadership. The award was presented by Michael Aguzzi, Chamber President at the Annual Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Chris completed the Leadership Bolivar County Class in 2014 and has been a part of various volunteer groups for Chamber events.

Chris Williams (loan officer in the Cleveland Branch) and Clint Russell competed in The Great Ruleville Roast cooking competition in Ruleville, MS back in the fall. They had a very good weekend of competition, winning in the following areas:

  • Steak competition – 1st place
  • Pulled Pork competition – 1st place
  • Seafood / Fish competition – 2nd place
  • Pork Loin competition – 4th place
  • Overall highest points for the Friday Night categories

The win in the steak competition won them a trip to the National SCA Steak Cook-Off in Fort Worth, TX in October, 2015.

Upcoming Events

There's a lot going on at Mississippi Land Bank. Check out the events calendar and see!

Borrower Braggin' Board

Mississippi Land Bank is proud to congratulate borrowers for awards and announcements found in North MS area newspapers, etc. Some of those found in recent newspapers include the following:

  • Tom and Susan Bailey’s log home, Cabin In The Woods, was featured in the Lifestyles section of The Star-Herald.
  • Sledge Taylor received the 2015 Cotton Grower Achievement Award. He was honored on January 6th during the award luncheon. The event was held in conjunction with the Beltwide Cotton Conference in New Orleans.
  • Tom Skelton was named 2015 District Tree Farmer of the Year for the Northwest District.
  • John Darby was named Citizen of the Year for Tate County.

Community Involvement & Speaking Engagements

At Mississippi Land Bank, we take pride in our community involvement through donated time and money, and speaking engagements. Find out what we've been up to lately!