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Bowman to speak at annual dinner

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:28 p.m. CDT

KEWANEE — Andrew Bowman, the FFA’s 2006 American Star Farmer, is the guest speaker at the Midwest Agricultural Museum’s annual dinner. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee.

The event begins with an historic agricultural presentation and includes a buffet dinner and door prizes. The suggested donation is $25 for couples and $15 for singles.

RSVPs are requested by Saturday. Additional information is available at 309-995-3839.To RSVP, mail a donation check made payable to Midwest Agricultural Museum and include the number of people who plan to attend (couples and singles). The mailing address is Midwest Agricultural Museum; 5771 Township Road 400 East; Toulon, IL 61483. Proceeds will support the museum.

The Flemish American Club is located at 313 N. Burr Boulevard in Kewanee. The club’s phone number is 309-853-1891.

“We are honored to have Andrew speak at our annual dinner,” said Chris McMillen, the chairman on the board for the Midwest Agricultural Museum. “He shares the museum’s passion for agriculture and the people who work in it.”

The national FFA selected Bowman as the winner of the American Star Farmer Award in 2006 out of thousands of FFA degree recipients. The decision was based on the quality of his FFA degree and his application. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.

Currently, Bowman is a partner in Bowman Insurance Agency, which serves farmers and rural residents. He also manages Bowman Crop Assure, a sister company. He uses his background in crop science to scout 13,000 acres and manage agronomic risk for his clients. In addition, Bowman and his father farm 1,400 acres in Oneida.

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