Russell Altom, agricultural lender for Relyance Bank, has joined the American Bankers Association’s Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee.

He will be a member for the 2016-2017 association year. Committee members are appointed by ABA’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking and serve up to three years, according to a news release.

The committee, established in 1913, is made up of 14 agricultural and rural bankers from across the country. Members meet throughout the year to discuss issues affecting the agricultural community and provide guidance and recommendations to ABA, according to the release.

“It is an honor to be part of this committee and advocate for the success of agricultural communities all over the country,” Altom said in the release. “This appointment gives me the opportunity to meet frequently with my peers to discuss the current challenges affecting our banks and the agricultural banking industry as a whole.”

Altom has 29 years of agricultural banking experience. He attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business.

Relyance is a community bank headquartered at Pine Bluff and has 16 locations throughout Arkansas.