OSU College of Ag Sciences honors Sublimity farmer

October 19, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Lawrence Fisher, of Sublimity was honored as a 2007 Diamond Pioneer by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

Fisher was one of 38 men and women who were officially added to the college’s Diamond Pioneer Registry at a luncheon October 17, hosted by Dean of Agriculture Thayne Dutson. The registry, salutes those 74 and older that have made substantial contributions to the state. The registry began when the college celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Nominated by the state Highland Bentgrass Commission, Fisher still farms as the third generation on a Century Farm homesteaded in 1887. He farms with his son and grandson. As a seed producer, Fisher has participated in numerous field trials through OSU’s Marion County Extension office. Trials have included testing fertilizers on Highland bentgrass and fine fescue, as well as an extensive field-burning test.

Long active in both commodity and community programs, Fisher served on the board of the Oregon Seed Council for ten years and on the Highland Bentgrass Commission for 15 years. He was on the Silverton Union high school and Victor Point elementary school boards and on the Winema Christian Camp board. He is still active on the board of the Silverton High School alumni association and the Santiam Hospital board.

Others honored as 2007 Diamond Pioneers are Thomas Allen, Jr., Larry Boersma, Kenton Chambers, Robert L. Stebbins, Benno Warkentin, J. Lowell Young and Tom Zinn, all of Corvallis; Don Bennett and Doug Bennett, Echo; Henry Turk, Grants Pass; John Leffel, Hillsboro. W. L. Andersen, Independence; Doug and Janie Tippett, Joseph; Cleve and Ellie Dumdi, Junction City; Frank King and Eddie Meeker, Klamath Falls; Arleigh Isley, LaGrande; Louise Grothe and Neil (C.J.) Taylor, Lakeview; Don Denman, Medford; Everett Seagoe, Merlin; James D. Wilson, Monmouth.

Tom Uriu, Ontario; Thomas Bedell and Gerne Newcomb, Philomath; William and Donna McCormack, Prineville; Robert Huckfeldt, Redmond; Betty Jo Smith, Shedd; Art and Marjorie Van Gilder, Wasco; Bill Bennett, Connell, Washington; Fred Hagelstein, Vancouver, Washington; Ellington Peek, Cottonwood, California; and William Kittredge, Missoula, Montana.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin