Bill Bowman, former North Dakota state senator, will receive the 2019 Agribusiness Award on Nov. 8 during North Dakota State University’s (NDSU’s) 46th annual Harvest Bowl program.
This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond.
Born in 1945 to Leonard and Betty Bowman, Bowman grew up on a farm and ranch in Slope County northwest of Rhame, ND.
After high school, Bowman started college at Dickinson State University (DSU).
But after a farming accident claimed the life of his father, Bowman returned to DSU, where he played football and earned a degree in business in preparation for running his family’s farm and ranch.
During his time as a farmer and rancher, Bowman credits the information from NDSU agricultural research and NDSU Extension as being vital to his success.
Bowman was instrumental in bringing key projects to fruition during his state senate tenure, including NDSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex, Beef Cattle Research Complex, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and the NDSU Research Extension Centers in Minot, Hettinger, Williston, Carrington and Langdon.