Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
Bowe Joins WPVGA Spudmobile Team
After retiring from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) in March 2020, Dale Bowe is keeping one foot in the Wisconsin potato industry by joining the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) team.
Bowe’s main duties for WPVGA will include driving the Spudmobile and helping out at Spudmobile-related events. As the newest member of WPVGA, he will be the Spudmobile Education and Outreach Coordinator and will assist Doug Foemmel, WPVGA’s Spudmobile Education and Outreach Administrator.
Bowe grew up on a large dairy farm in Chippewa Falls, WI. He graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1974 and held several jobs before continuing his education at UW-Madison, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1984. Dale is a lifetime member of the Future Farmers of America as well as the Wisconsin Alumni Association. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, serves on the International Association for Electrical Inspectors, and is a graduate of the Portage County Business Council Foundation Leadership Program and the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program. In 2011 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Award from the PCBC. He has been employed by Wisconsin Public Service for 32 years, and currently holds the title of Senior Agriculture Consultant for WPS.
Dale has been an outstanding volunteer for the WPVGA Associate Division for many years. He has served two terms on the Associate Division Board of Directors and continues to serve on the WPVGA Water Task Force. He also continues to serve on the Spud Bowl Committee and has helped the WPVGA governmental affairs efforts by volunteering to lobby in Madison as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol events. He has also helped the WPVGA Promotions Committee by volunteering at Spudmobile events, and does tremendous work each year in helping to coordinate the Oshkosh Farm Show.
In July of 2019, Dale worked tirelessly when a major storm knocked out power throughout the potato and vegetable growing region. He was instrumental in helping to restore power for irrigation systems to avert a major crop failure.
Dale and his wife, Ruth, live in Stevens Point. They have two adult daughters, Nicole and Robyn. Dale’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, traveling and restoring old cars.