Bob McGowan joined Agra Marketing Group in May 2007. He joined his multi-generational family farming business in 1973 after receiving his BA from UC Davis and a teaching credential from CSU, Chico the following year. For 17 years, Bob managed the company's rice-growing operations, leading personnel management, crop production and equipment and chemical purchasing. The family farmed rice, wheat, beans, prunes and almonds.
Bob was also involved in local agriculture organizations and politics, including lobbying and water management groups. For six years he served on the board of the Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) and was president for two of those years.
After the family's rice fields were converted to wildlife preservation lands, Bob returned to secondary education, teaching mathematics, science and English for 10 years. Most recently, he managed the shipping department of a local high-tech manufacturing firm, overseeing order fulfillment and specialized shipping requirements on custom testing equipment for the semiconductor industry.
A Chico, California native, Bob has returned to his agribusiness roots working for Agra Services, Inc., where he is actively involved in the sales and marketing of organic fertilizer and soil amendment products. In 2010 Bob became a California Certified Crop Advisor.