Delta Center renamed to honor Superintendent T.E. ‘Jake’ Fisher
On Sept. 2, MU Vice Chancellor and Dean Thomas Payne, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, announced the Delta Center would be renamed the T.E. "Jake" Fisher Delta Research Center to honor the dedication and leadership of retiring superintendent, T.E. "Jake" Fisher.
The Sept. 2, 2011, Field Day at the University of Missouri’s Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo., was like previous events with thousands across the region with friends and industry professionals dropping by to learn about the latest advances in regional agricultural research. It also saw two milestones: it was be the 50th field day held at the center, and will see the retirement of its long-serving supervisor, T.E. “Jake” Fisher.
Fisher has attended every one of the center’s 50 field days. In 1961, the freshly-graduated Fisher started work there as an entry-level tractor driver. During his tenure, he helped the Delta Center mature from one greenhouse to a research complex helping Missouri’s billion dollar soybean, wheat, cotton and rice industry be more productive. The center’s commitment to community service that has made it and its Field Day a must-stop for governors, senators, industry leaders, farmers and kids.