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Chairman's Award
2022 Recipient

Jay Fisher

Jay Fisher will receive the Chairman's Award to recognize his decades-long effort in promoting multimodal transportation in Minot. Fisher served as president of Minot Area Development Corporation in 2011 and as a long-time board member of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce. He was chair of the Minot Mayor's Intermodal Task Force beginning in 2000.

Fisher has served in the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 5, Minot, since 2019. He served as director of NDSU's North Central Research Extension Center for 22 years, retiring in 2015. He previously served as area agronomist and Northwest ND District Extension director. Upon his retirement from NDSU, he founded Fisher Research LLC, a consulting and value-added agriculture company. In 2021, he became a shareholder in L&Q International, Inc. and president of L&Q Great Plains. L&Q produces ROAD-HARD, a natural biopolymer soil hardener, water repellent, and dust control agent.

Fisher grew up on a farm and ranch between Tappen and Pettibone and earned two degrees in agronomy from NDSU. Immediately after completing his master's degree, he participated in an agricultural exchange in New Zealand, living and working with 15 different families in 1977-78. There he experienced the importance of intermodal shipping to agricultural and other commodities. The potential of marketing containerized, identity preserved, North Dakota crops eventually became a passion for him. Fisher's other areas of interest in transportation have been alternative fuels and unmanned vehicles for precision analysis and application. Hydrogen, sunflower, and canola biofuels, and cellulosic and energy beets for ethanol were all topics of research during his tenure at the North Central Research Extension Center.

The Chairman's Award recognizes individuals for contributions to transportation research, education, and outreach at NDSU, and/or contributions to the viability of UGPTI.

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