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Neal Fisher Neal Fisher

Staff - Administrator

As administrator of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, Neal Fisher is responsible for implementing producer-funded programs intended to increase the worldwide use of North Dakota wheat. Fisher works directly with export market development, research, trade policy and other issues affecting the global competitiveness of North Dakota producers of hard red spring, durum and other wheat classes.

His work for the Commission takes him around the world via U.S. Wheat Associates, presenting programs on spring wheat and durum use, their economic and quality advantages, and supply and demand outlook. He serves on the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education assisting with the prioritizing, budgeting and policy-making associated with the research projects and initiatives of the N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station. He also is a member of the NDSU Research Foundation board of directors. He coordinates North Dakota Wheat Commission's policy positions and actions on issues affecting producers. He serves on the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, D.C, and is a member of the U.S. Wheat Industry Biotechnology Steering Committee.

Fisher joined the Commission in 1978 as a marketing specialist, became deputy administrator in 1983, and was appointed administrator in 1998. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University, where he earned master's and bachelor's degrees in agricultural economics. He also has studied Russian language, culture and history at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and Soviet agricultural technology and cultural practices at the Belorussian Agricultural Institute, Gorki, Belorussia.

He continues his interest in the family farming and ranching enterprise near Tappen, N.D, now operated by his son Josh. Fisher and his wife Deborah have three grown children and two grandchildren.