Previous St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau president, David Fisher has been elected as the organization’s NYS President by county voting delegates, at the 2016 NYS Farm Bureau Convention in Albany, NY.
Fisher, described by his colleagues as “a humble, smart, honest, inspiring leader”, who is “willing to tackle tough issues facing agriculture,” hails from Mapleview Dairy, Madrid, St. Lawrence County.
“If you ask me to describe myself,” said Fisher, “I am a farmer. I am also a husband and a father. I’ve been married to my wife Patti for 28 years. We have two grown sons, Jordan and Jacob. The Fisher side of the family has been in dairy production since the immigration from Scotland in 1820. My grandfather purchased the farm that we operate today, in 1946. I am very proud to say that Jordan and Jacob are the 4th generation to return to the farm.”
Fisher has served on the NY Farm Bureau Board of Directors for five years and was previously St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau President.
“Throughout my career as a farmer, town councilman and board member on several farm related boards, I’ve led or participated in discussions on challenging topics in which we reached timely decisions,” commented Fisher, a graduate of Cornell, with a degree in Animal Science.
“Under my leadership, the State board will have frank discussions, that sometimes may be uncomfortable, before we miss the opportunity to make a thoughtful, well planned decisions, which will involve the whole board.”
Fisher thanked his wife Patti and his mother Barbara for helping him in his work throughout the years and in supporting him in his decision to run for NY Farm Bureau President.
“All I can say is thank you!” Fisher commented to attendees. “I’m deeply humbled and honored. You know I will work my hardest.”
Outgoing President Dean Norton served as NY Farm Bureau President for the last eight years.
During the 2-day convention Vice President Eric Ooms was re-elected.
Distinguished Service to Agriculture Awards were presented to Onondaga County Farm Bureau member Chris Fesko of Skaneateles, NY, and Rensselaer County Farm Bureau member Michael Della Rocco of Melrose, NY.
Recipients of the James Quinn Award were awarded to Livingston County Farm Bureau members Joe and June Swyers, and Wyoming County Farm Bureau members Brad and Carolyn Almeter.
Past President Richard McGuire of Saratoga County, was recognized for his many years of dedication to NY Farm Bureau, and received an impressive standing ovation from the nearly 350 attendees.
A Celebration of Agriculture Conference will be held on March 31, 2017 at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, East Syracuse, NY. For more information call 800-342-4143 or go to NYFB.org.