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Ray Bowman spent some 40-plus years garnering experience in nearly every form of communications, from print to broadcasting to the internet. Now, he uses that experience combined with his love of farming and rural lifestyle to tell stories of an industry that is thriving against all odds.
In addition to his weekly appearances on America's Web Radio, he writes for The Farmer's Pride newspaper and, in 2011 wrote, executive produced and narrated the video "Faces of Farming" for the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.
Bowman has also cultivated a substantial following on the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to share agriculture information and he regularly writes a popular blog called The Farmer Feeds Us All. As a result of his internet activism, Bowman was named Community Advocate of the Year in Ag Connect's 2011 Advocating for Agriculture Awards. "Social media is essentially, basic communication," Bowman told Cow Country News. "And communication doesn't mean carrying on a monologue, it means participating in a conversation."
Bowman was also named the print journalist winner of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 2012 Communications Awards.
As important as his agriculture advocacy role is, it often has to take a backseat to other areas of interest. He serves as an elder for the Holly Hill church of Christ in Frankfort, KY, which he considers his most important duty. Then, there's his family (especially his two grandchildren) and his 140-acre farm that require his time and attention.
Ray's presentations examine the current status of food production in the U.S. and the world, social media's influence, the graying of agriculture's labor force, truly sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, animal rights, and Biblical views on animal and environmental resource stewardship.
He is available for speaking engagements, training sessions and workshops. Click here to contact him.