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Fisher Inducted into North Dakota Agricultural Hall of Fame

Posted: Apr 19 2021

Neal Fisher, NDWC Administrator, was inducted into the North Dakota Agricultural Hall of Fame on March 10, 2021.  The ND Agricultural Hall of Fame was initiated in 1997 and a selection committee comprised of various commodity and grower groups, and a representative from ND’s farm broadcasters and ag journalists decide on inductees.  Individuals elected to the Agriculture Hall of Fame must have made a significant contribution to the state´s ag industry and meet a number of other requirements.  

Fisher joined the Commission in 1978 as marketing specialist, was appointed deputy administrator in 1983, and appointed Administrator in 1998.  Fisher oversees the implementation of producer-funded programs aimed at increasing market opportunities for North Dakota wheat.  Fisher works directly in the areas of export market development, research, quality assurance, transportation, trade policy, and other issues to improve the global competitiveness of North Dakota wheat.

Greg Svenningsen, NDWC Chairman, states he can’t think of a more deserving person.  “Neal is a true champion for North Dakota agriculture,” says Svenningsen, “he is passionate about agriculture as a whole, not just wheat.  He works hard to make sure wheat is represented in the research arena and is dedicated to overseas market development.”  Fisher’s years with the NDWC has taken him around the world, working with customers in more than 80 countries to promote North Dakota wheat in a worldwide effort with U.S. Wheat Associates.  

Fisher has served on numerous committees and boards involved in trade policy, market development and wheat research.  He has helped to foster national, state and regional partnerships that have improved the coordination of research and promotion programs between commodity councils and commissions with NDSU, U.S.Wheat Associates, Wheat Quality Council, Northern Crops Institute, Wheat Market Center and others.  He has also served on the State Board of Ag Research and Extension, the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Advisory Committee, and been called on to provide expert testimony on agricultural policy matters at the state, national and international level.

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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