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Local farming family and former senator honored at 2019 Harvest Bowl Awards

Patricia and Jerry Palczewski accept the 2019 Harvest Bowl Award for Bowman County.
Patricia and Jerry Palczewski accept the 2019 Harvest Bowl Award for Bowman County. Submitted photo.

Last week producers from all over the state gathered in Fargo to celebrate the 2019 Harvest Bowl Awards. Every year, select agriculturists and producers from 53 counties in North Dakota and seven counties in Minnesota are honored at the NDSU Harvest Bowl program.

By Frank Turner

There, the program recognizes the hard work and dedication of agriculturists across the state.

This year, the Bowman Extension Office and an advisory committee nominated local producers Jerry and Patricia Palczewski for the Harvest Bowl honor, and Former North Dakota State Senator Bill Bowman was also recognized at the event and awarded the agribusiness award.

Now retired, the Palczewskis ranched sheep and cattle and farmed south of Scraton for over 50 years. Throughout their years of producing, they stuck to conservation-minded agricultural practices, including no-till farming, cover crops, waterways and tree plantings for soil health.   

Jerry, a 1968 NDSU graduate, also worked for the agronomy department in Scranton doing custom spraying. He also has run the clock for basketball games for 50 years and is a supporter of youth activities. His wife, Patricia, was also greatly involved in the community. She taught at Scranton Elementary School for 40 years.

Since retirement, they have reduced their ranching and farming operation. Even still, Jerry Palczewski said that he still continues managing his land with a conservation focus.

Local Extension Agent Max Robison said he chose Jerry and Patricia for the Harvest Bowl honor because of their “well rounded” involvement in community and agriculture.

“Patricia has been involved with the Bowman school for years, and ever since Jerry moved to town, he has been very involved with high school sports,” said Robison.

In addition to his community involvement, Robison said that they were chosen because of their continued dedication to being producers.

“For many years, Jerry was one of the bigger sheep ranchers in the Scranton area,” said Robison. “Even though he is retired, he still is still caring for the land.”

Former North Dakota State Senator Bill Bowman also represented Bowman County at the honoring event. There, he was awarded the 2019 Agribusiness Award, an award that recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond. 

Bowman served in the North Dakota Senate from 1990 to 2018. During that time, he served on many committees, including the Agriculture Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he was vice chairman.

According to an NDSU press release, 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.

In addition to Bowman being honored as the 2019 Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award recipient, the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory was renamed in his honor during a special ceremony on Nov. 8.

Overall, Robison said that Bill Bowman was a great candidate and well deserving of the agribusiness award.

“Given what Bowman has done for the community and the state, he was probably a pretty easy choice to be the recipient of that award.” 

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