Ag Appreciation Banquet

2021 Farmer/Rancher of the Year

Bruce and Teresa Bowman

Bruce and Teresa Bowman - 2021 Farmer/Rancher of the Year - Bowman, ND

This year’s honorees are Bruce and Teresa Bowman of Rhame, ND. Bruce graduated from Rhame High School, then attended Montana State University where he received a degree in Business Management and took as many agriculture electives as he could put in his schedule. Following graduation Bruce returned home to Rhame to begin ranching with his parents, Albert and Lorraine. In 1974, Bruce married Teresa Fischer. A few years later Bruce bought the ranch from his parents.


Bruce and Teresa have always raised Angus cattle, both registered and commercial herds. They have been utilizing artificial insemination since the early 70’s to constantly improve the genetics of their cows. Bruce bred to many different breeds over the years, including Charolais, Maine Anjou, Limousin, Simmental, Chianina, and Tarentaise. Bruce was also successful raising females and club calf prospects, selling them to Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and Canada. Bruce began custom feeding calves about thirty years ago when he took in Bruce and Tina Ketchum’s Red Angus bulls, a relationship that continues today.


In 2001, Eric moved back to the ranch and expanded the feedlot to background their own calves as well as offering additional custom feeding for other ranchers. Today, under Eric and Andrea’s ownership, the ranch runs a commercial and registered Angus herd, raising yearling Angus bulls and a few F1 baldies. The Bowman Ranch bull sale is held at the ranch every February. In 2020, the Bowman Ranch received the Bowman County Tree Award and if you’ve every driven past their place you understand why. Bruce and Teresa are quick to mention that this has always been a family operation, where Bruce and Teresa’s children and now their grandchildren, have always worked with them, whether they are haying, fencing, or working cattle.


As passionate as Bruce is about his ranch and livestock, he is just as passionate about improving his community. Bruce has served on the 1st Lutheran Church board and the Dakota Western Bank Shareholders Board. He has also been on the Farmer’s Union Oil Board and the Farmer’s Equity Elevator Board, serving both as President. Bruce was President of the Little Missouri Grazing Association and the North Dakota Chairman for the Bureau of Land Management Advisory Board. Rural healthcare has always held a special place in Bruce’s heart as he has served on the Sunset Care Board (past President), the Southwest Healthcare Board (past President), and the Sunrise Foundation Board. He was also a member of the Capital Campaigns for Sunset Care, Sunrise Village, and Southwest Healthcare. Bruce isn’t quite done yet as he is currently on the Bridger Creek Golf Course Advisory Board (Bozeman, MT) and the Badlands Ministries Board (Medora).


Bruce and Teresa are the proud parents of Duane, his wife Shannon and their kids Kenley, Warner, Thomas, and Branick; Eric, his wife Andrea and their kids Dillon, Livia, and Grayson; and Rebecca, her husband Brandon, and their kids Annastyn, Maci, Maddox, and Finley.


The agricultural business is at the very heart of Bowman, Slope, and Harding Counties. Help us show them all just how much we appreciate the long hours and hard work they put in. The life of a farmer/rancher is never easy, but the gift they give to all of us is worth it.

2021 Ag Appreciation Banquet

The annual Ag Appreciation Banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the 4 Seasons Pavilion in Bowman, North Dakota. Join us for a free evening of food, fellowship, and entertainment as we honor the 2021 Farmer/Rancher of the Year.


Social – 5:00 pm

Grab a free drink during the social hour compliments of the 2021 Ag Appreciation Banquet sponsors.


Dinner – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a free roast beef meal compliments of the 2021 Ag Appreciation Banquet sponsors and cooked and served by the 2021 Chamber Ag Committee.


Award Presentation – 7:15 pm

Help us honor the 2021 Farmer/Rancher of the Year Bruce and Teresa Bowman of Rhame, North Dakota.


Entertainment – 7:30 pm

Back for another year, Jerry Carroll will have your rolling on the floor laughing with his stories from life on his family farm and the mishaps that came with it.




Celebrate our Ag Industry


The Ag Appreciation Banquet is an annual event that honors a Farmer/Rancher of the Year in either Bowman, Slope, or Harding County.

The event takes place annually in October.

Thank you to all of the sponsors and committee for making this evening possible!



Past Farmer/Rancher of the Year Awards

  • 2020 Brooks Chalky Butte Ranch
  • 2019 Wayne and Susan Nelson
  • 2018 Gerald, Rita, Larry, and Jackie Lambourn
  • 2017 Kenneth Abrahamson
  • 2016 Harry Kerr
  • 2015 Donald Brown
  • 2014 Wayne Mrnak
  • 2013 Bruce Freitag
  • 2012 Bob Andrews
  • 2011 Marlene Mrnak
  • 2010 Leo Heinrich
  • 2009 John Lee and Ellen Njos
  • 2008 Don Burke
  • 2007 Roger Stuber
  • 2006 Burke Lambourn
  • 2005 Elwood and Gerry Andersen
  • 2004 Ina Holmquist
  • 2003 Lyle and Sharon Gunderson
  • 2002 Lyle Sander
  • 2001 Stanley Pope
  • 2000 Bob Penfield
  • 1999 Lawrence Faris
  • 1998 Bill Fisher
  • 1997 Fred Gerth
  • 1996 Dorothy Soreide
  • 1995 Ken Rajewsky
  • 1994 Odell Sabe
  • 1993 Howard Pearson
  • 1992 Albert Bowman
  • 1991 Wally Jacobs
  • 1990 Jim Mrnak
  • 1989 Howard Brooks



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