The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader. During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group. Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.
"I’m very passionate about that. I have two sons that have recently returned to the farm. And I think that there are a lot of issues that we need to work on and work on as a group. So I hope to foster working relationships and partnerships and assure a prosperous future for New York agriculture.”
David Fisher replaces Dean Norton, who served as the Farm Bureau president for eight years. According to a 2015 report from the state comptroller, when support industries are included the estimated impact of New York’s agricultural industry was $37.6 billion in 2011.