(Posted Mon. Jun 23rd, 2014)
This article and podcast are the first in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.
Bob Bowman offers a wide base of knowledge gained through years of experience in the service of other farmers. Having already completed his first term, he now hopes to gain reelection and continue his service of his fellow farmers across the country as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Bowman decided to run for reelection to the Corn Board because he sees association leadership as an important job that needs to be done.
“Many farmers may not have the time to step into leadership themselves,” he said. “Many may not even know that they need to take the time to be active in association business beyond the local level. For me personally, I am greatly motivated, and always have been, by success. I have been able to be a part of our efforts, watching them grow and result in positive outcomes for corn farmers. Conversely, at times we have put in so much effort without seeing any movement. In the end, it is those successes that become addictive.”
Bowman aims to utilize NCGA’s forward-thinking nature to address matters facing the corn industry, including product and producer image, regulatory challenges, and water quality and sustainability issues. As a member of the board, he has developed both an understanding of group dynamics that emphasizes collaboration, as well as knowledge in a variety of subject areas, such as biotechnology, public policy, trade and research.
“NCGA is currently, and needs to continue being, proactive in the regulatory arena,” said Bowman. “Farmers are constantly being pressured through by the regulatory agencies and being told how to run our businesses.
“NCGA also needs to continue its leadership role in reaching out to those outside of agriculture. Some of the public today view our industry through a negative lens. I think that we need to stand up and, using science, try and steer people in the direction that we feel that they need to go.”
Bowman and his son farm together, growing row crops, including some identity-preserved production, in addition to running a custom fertilizer and pesticide application business. If reelected to the Corn Board, he would continue bringing his experience gained through years of service, his enthusiasm and his perspective while keeping in mind the grassroots input that makes NCGA a relevant, effective industry leader.
Bowman currently serves on NCGA’s Corn Board and as president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. As a Corn Board member, he functions as the board’s liaison to the Research and Business Development Team. He is a past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and past member of the U.S. Meat Exporters Federation Executive Committee.
To listen to the full interview with Bowman, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 16 in Washington.