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Administrator - Neal Fisher

Neal Fisher

Neil FisherStaff - Administrator

As Administrator of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, Neal Fisher is responsible for implementing producer-funded programs intended to increase the total use of North Dakota wheat.  Fisher works directly in the areas of export market development, research, transportation, trade policy and other issues to improve the global competitiveness of North Dakota producers of hard red spring, durum and other wheat classes.
His work for the Wheat Commission is a worldwide effort via U.S. Wheat Associates and the Cooperator Programs of USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service. Fisher coordinates North Dakota Wheat Commission policy positions and actions on issues affecting wheat producers, and serves on numerous committees and boards involved in trade policy development and wheat research.  He is a member of the Joint Trade Policy Committee of the National Association of Wheat Growers and US Wheat Associates, and the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., serving at the pleasure of the President and the Secretary of Agriculture. 
Fisher is a member of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute’s Advisory Council.  He previously served 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 and NDSU Extension Service.
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 continues his interest in the family farming and ranching enterprise near Tappen, N.D, where his son Josh is the principal owner/operator. Fisher and his wife Deborah have three grown children and three grandchildren.

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