Oneida producer Bowman sharing thoughts at ag meal

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Oneida farmer Andrew Bowman will be the featured speaker at an agriculture luncheon in Kewanee next week.

Andrew Bowman of Oneida will serve as keynote speaker for the Kewanee Kiwanis and Rotary clubs’ salute to Ag Day on Tuesday, March 15, 11:50 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Kewanee.

For excellence in his own farming operation, Andrew was honored as the 2006 American Star Farmer – the premier honor for young agriculturalists and the capstone of an FFA experience. He is only the third Star Farmer to be honored from Illinois and is proud to also be a third generation American FFA Degree recipient, following his grandfather and father.

In 2008, Bowman graduated with Bronze Tablet distinction from the University of Illinois in Crop Sciences.

Bowman has had internships in agronomy, sales, commodities marketing, and public policy with companies such as Crop Production Services, Tate & Lyle, and Golden Harvest. After college graduation in 2008, he was a political intern at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service in Washington, DC. Following that internship, he accepted a position with Monsanto Company at their headquarters in St. Louis.

Bowman is currently a partner in Bowman Insurance Agency, a family business begun by his grandfather in 1966. He also manages a new sister company, Bowman Crop Assure, where he uses his crop sciences background to scout 13,000 acres and manage agronomic risk for area clients.