Plows and Politics is proud to feature Commodity Comments, a weekly newsletter designed to provide agricultural producers with an analysis of current market trends by Farm Bureau Market Analyst Jonah Bowles.
Jonah grew up in rural Hanover County where he helped his family raise livestock and small grains. It was this background that provided an interest in agriculture that would become an integral part of his adult life.
After serving four years in the US Coast Guard, Jonah returned to Virginia to attend the University of Richmond where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Upon graduation, he became a stockbroker specializing in hedging agricultural products in the commodity futures markets. His clients included grain elevators, meat packing plants and livestock and row-crop farmers in the United States and Europe.
In 1999 Jonah joined Virginia Farm Bureau Federation in the position of Market Risk Analyst. He publishes a weekly “Commodity Comment” for farmers interested in improving their risk management and market planning skills. Through his efforts, Virginia Farm Bureau has formed a partnership with USDA/Risk Management Agency to educate producers in market opportunities available to them. He has conducted risk management seminars for farmers in numerous states and has advised the Egyptian Embassy on price risk management matters. He has been asked to assist the Agricultural Futures Trading Commission in Bangkok, Thailand with issues relating to the new exchange. He taught agricultural economics for three semesters at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Along with being published in Virginia, Commodity Comments is also published on an agricultural risk management Web site in Australia.
Click here to view Commodity Comments: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwdwqn87Kb-9TjFCLWlUdDlSWGs/edit?usp=sharing