“And to be blunt,” he added, “we’re going to need all of them.”That change in Farm Bureau to become more inclusive is one of the things that Jack Fisher points to as a major accomplishment of his 20 years as executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
Fisher announced earlier this fall he would be retiring in 2016, and the organization has hired an executive search firm with the goal of naming his successor next spring.
The devastating boll weevil gave an unexpected boost to the concept of traveling professors and field demonstration projects.
With a financial assist from the Department of Agriculture, Dr.
Retired Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher received the farm group’s Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award Dec. The honor was presented during the farm group’s annual meeting, which was held Dec. Fisher, who was named to the OFBF’s top post in 1996, retired in July.
The land grant colleges were established under the Morrill Act of 1862.
The Hatch Act of 1887 established agricultural experiment stations.
Each had provisions for "farmer's institutes” and other forms of off campus education for farmers.
The Extension concept, however, did not take root until the early 1900s, when the agricultural colleges developed Extension departments and staff.