Shannon Dowell (Saline County)

Friday, May 23, 2014
Tiffany, McKenzie, Tucker, Shannon and Jack Dowell (Rachel Knight/Missouri Farms)

Shannon Dowell was born and raised in Saline County. He graduated from Malta Bend High School and received a business administration degree from Central Methodist College. He currently farms with his dad, Glendell Dowell, in the Miami, Slater and Mount Leonard areas.

"I always wanted to work on the farm," he said. "I never wanted to do anything different."

He spoke about the pride and determination it takes to care for the crops and animals.

"We are blessed with really good, rich soils (in Saline County)," he said.

His one favorite thing about being a farmer is harvest time.

"This is when you realize what you work for all year long," he said.

Farming has its up and downs. Some years are better than others.

"That's part of farming," he said. "You take the good with the bad and hopefully at the end of 10 years you'll be where you want to be."

Shannon resides on a farm that was acquired by his grandfather, Bill Dowell, in 1964. Bill moved to Saline County in 1947 after he married. Shannon resides at the Miami farm with his wife, Tiffany, and their three children, McKenzie, Tucker and Jack.

Shannon is a member of the Saline County Cattlemen's Association, and his hobbies include grilling whenever possible.

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