Monte Bottens, business owner, entrepreneur, thought leader ...
Monte Bottens has deep roots in agriculture. Raised as a fifth-generation, northwestern Illinois farmer. Today, Monte is a business owner, entrepreneur and thought leader. Monte began his farming career with two bred sows given to him by his grandmother. Thanks to great guidance from his dad and equipment-sharing startup assistance, today he’s the owner of Bottens Family Farm. The farm utilizes the latest agricultural innovations in precision farming technology, crop management systems, and participates in advanced regenerative ag principles to produce a diversity of crops and grass-fed livestock.
He is the Founder, President and CEO of Ag Solutions Network, Inc. (ASN) headquartered in
Moline, Illinois, he leads the development and distribution of the POWER2GRO crop production system. ASN utilizes the latest technological advancements and highest-quality ingredients to enable farmers to build soil health and soil wealth. Today, ASN has 14 Retail Partners and Team Development Managers across six states.
Monte is the Founder and Partner of California Ag Solutions, Inc. (CAS) in Madera, CA. CAS serves farmers of the Central Valley by helping them adopt reduced tillage techniques combined with improved water and nutrient efficiency in a wide variety of crops.
While participating in a UC Davis Entrepreneurship program, Monte met with and later became a member of Sacramento Angels and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. After returning to Illinois, he saw a need for Angel Capital and Coaching in the Quad City Region and became one of the founding principals of Riverbend Angels.
Monte serves on the leadership team of Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) center that develops integrated reduced tillage and irrigation techniques in California and globally. He has presented at many conferences and universities sharing his passion for agriculture innovation.
Monte is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He and his wife Robyn now live in Sherrard, Illinois close to family and the family farm.
Chief Operating Officer
Dawn Bull, confident, capable and fueled by team efforts to push forward...
Dawn grew up on a small family farm in Illinois, but does not claim to be the technical expert in agriculture on the team. She graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor's degree in Business and is responsible for all things operational for ASN.
She spent 8 years in civilian service working for the federal government at the Rock Island Arsenal in budget and resource management. She doesn’t regret the decision she made 7 years ago to make the switch from government to small business.
Dawn is married to her wonderful husband, Josh Bull and is a mom of three busy but amazing children. The boys are doing a great job of filling up the calendar with sporting events and practices but when there’s free time they enjoy spending it as a family boating, camping, and traveling when they can.
National Sales Manager
Zac Neppl, self-motivated, driven to make continual improvement...
Zac, his wife Kara and two daughters live in Bennington, Nebraska just outside of Omaha. His sales background began in 2002 and in 2012 he started in the agriculture industry focusing on nutrient management and specializing in management of large geographical areas.
Zac plans to further Ag Solutions Network mission of helping farmers and to share the results and benefits we’ve all experienced when combining proper plant nutrition along with implementing soil health practices. Zac will be focusing on establishing new business and expanding our network in uncovered territory in the western United States.
Zac graduated from Morningside College with a degree in Business Administration. He's also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Sales Success program.