Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher and three other agricultural leaders will be inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame on Aug. 5.
“Each inductee stands out individually for his exceptional contributions to Ohio agriculture, but together they represent the passion, creativity and hard work evidenced by their collective decades of unmatched experience,” said Jim Chakeres, Ohio Agricultural Council president.
Fisher, along with J. Richard (Dick) Isler of Delaware, Dr. Keith Smith of Hilliard and Timothy White of Lancaster will be inducted during a special breakfast ceremony in the new Cardinal Hall at the Ohio State Fair. Since 1966, the program has honored 217 leaders who have worked in, promoted or advocated for Ohio’s farm community.
Contact the Ohio Ag Council at 614-794-8970 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain tickets to the induction ceremony.
Often described as a visionary leader, Fisher has served as OFBF’s executive vice president for two decades. From the farmer and consumer connection to political advocacy on behalf of the community and industry, Fisher’s efforts have helped Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio agriculture shape strong policies that impact all Ohioans.
Previously, Fisher served as deputy director and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and Marketing Board, executive director of governmental affairs and commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau, and plant manager for Wyandot, Inc.
Fisher has served on numerous agricultural boards and committees and has received state and national recognition for his leadership to the industry.
Born and raised on a livestock farm, Isler has devoted his entire career in service to Ohio agriculture. For more than 40 years, he served as the executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council. Under his leadership, the Ohio Pork Council was considered by many as one of the nation’s top state pork associations.
Isler has received many awards and recognitions, including the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame, Animal Sciences Department Hall of Fame and the National Pork Producers Council Executive Professional Award.
For more than four decades, Smith has dedicated his life to engaging and strengthening individuals’ lives and communities through research-based educational programming. His career began as an agricultural science teacher in Brigham City, Utah. Through the years, he has served as professor, associate vice president for Agricultural Administration, director of Ohio State University Extension and associate dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.
Serving as the director of OSU Extension for more than 20 years, Smith managed a $68 million budget and oversaw nearly 800 faculty and support staff. Under his leadership, OSU Extension was recognized as one of the best extension programs in the country.
White has helped translate the science and issues of agriculture to both farmers and consumers for nearly 40 years. When writing for farmers, his stories about production, policy, economics and industry trends provided valuable knowledge and insight. When writing to consumers, his stories positioned Ohio agriculture as interesting and relevant.
As a veteran farm writer for Ohio Farmer magazine, White has been recognized as one of the most admired ag-beat writers in the company’s history. He also is a recognized leader in the advocacy of land conservation and land use.