- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The longtime director of the North Dakota State University research center at Minot is calling it a career at the end of the year.

Jay Fisher began working at the North Central Research Extension Center in 1978 as the area extension agronomist. In 1990, he became northwest district director for the NDSU Extension Service, and four years later, he was named center director.

A retirement party for Fisher was held earlier this month, KXMC-TV reported https://bit.ly/1mlX5ky ).

Fisher said agriculture is his passion, and he’s seen a lot of changes through the years. Research at the center has helped farmers in the wheat-dominant region expand into other crops.

“My very first meetings were on canola,” he said. “It was a brand new crop and so we needed to figure out all the weed control, the insect control and how to swath it, harvest it, and get it into the bin.”



Fisher also helped in the development of a port facility in Minot to move farm and other products to distant markets.

“I’ve always viewed agriculture as value-added agriculture - turning (crops) into food, fiber, and fuel,” he said.

Fisher, who grew up on a Kidder County farm, will still keep some ties to farming.

“A sixth-generation Fisher now is on a farm south of Wahpeton, my son-in-law is on one in Hazen, and on my home farm my nephew runs cattle and grains, and I believe I’m welcome on all three,” he said.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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