COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State University animal science faculty is honoring a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau for his contributions to the animal agricultural industry.
John C. "Jack" Fisher, Bureau executive vice president, will be inducted into the Ohio State Animal Science Hall of Fame on May 30. The event will be held in the Animal Science Building Arena (Room 111S) on the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences campus beginning at 3 p.m.
"The Hall of Fame is a way for us to say thanks to those people who have made contributions to animal agriculture and have made strides in the area of leadership and service to the industry," said Keith Irvin, an Ohio State animal science professor.
Fisher has served on Ohio State Department of Animal Sciences committees and has worked with Extension to strengthen ties with beef, pork and swine producers. He is currently a member of the Vice President's Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. He is also past president of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association.
Fisher, who was raised on farms in Auglaize, Marion and Crawford counties, was instrumental in the development of the Ohio Livestock Coalition, an association of livestock producers and commodity organization representatives. As a past deputy director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Fisher promoted county fairs and 4-H and FFA livestock projects. He also established an intern program at Malabar Farms where Agricultural Technical Institute students are involved in animal agriculture and natural resources planning.
Fisher was named executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau in 1996. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honorary State Farmer Degree from Future Farmers of America and the Distinguished Alumni Award by Ohio State. Fisher received a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in animal nutrition from Ohio State.
The Ohio State University Animal Science Hall of Fame award is presented to one person per year. A portrait of the inductee will hang in the Department of Animal Sciences building. Animal science faculty has been bestowing the honor since the 1950s.