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Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
April 14, 2021
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported)
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
Iowa 0-32637 42-1039071
(State or Other Jurisdiction of (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation or Organization)   Identification No.)
405 Fifth Street
Ames, Iowa 50010
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (515) 232-6251
(Former Name, Former Address and Former Fiscal Year, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 8.01 Other Events
On April 14, 2021, First National Bank, Ames, Iowa (“FNB”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ames National Corporation (the “Company”), adopted a Director Stock Purchase Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1. The purpose of the Plan is to provide the directors of FNB with an annual incentive to purchase and invest in the Company’s common stock (the “Stock”). Under the terms of the Plan, eligible directors of FNB will receive a cash award (the “Award”) on or about May 15 of each year, with the Award being equal to the market value of 100 shares of the Stock. The market value will be established at the average closing price of the Stock on the ten (10) trading days preceding and including April 30. Directors receiving the Awards are encouraged, but not required, to use the cash from the Award, together with their own funds, to purchase a minimum of 200 shares of the Stock through open market transactions initiated by the director. The purchase, if made, must occur prior to December 15 of each year, but all terms of the purchase (including the timing of the purchase and the purchase price to be paid) will be determined in the sole discretion of the director. Once purchased, the director is expected to hold the stock for a period of at least five years. A director who elects not to use the Award toward the purchase of a minimum of 200 shares of the Stock, or to observe the holding period, will be subject to exclusion from future participation under the Plan.
Each of the Company’s five other wholly-owned banking subsidiaries have also adopted, or are expected to adopt, their own versions of the Plan (in substantially identical form to the Plan adopted by FNB) under which their respective directors will be eligible to participate and receive Awards on the terms described above. Members of the Company’s board of directors who also serve as directors of FNB or one of the other subsidiary banks will, in their capacity as a member of the board of directors of such entities, be entitled to participate under the terms of the Plans. Based on the current membership of the Company’s board of directors and the board of directors of the banking subsidiaries, it is contemplated that all of the Company’s directors, except John P. Nelson, will be eligible to participate under the Plans.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Exhibit No. Description  
99.1 Bank Director Stock Purchase Incentive Plan dated April 14, 2021
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: April 30, 2021
/s/ John P. Nelson
John P. Nelson, Chief Executive Officer and President
(Principal Executive Officer)