Cameron University's Dr. Leon Fischer, Chair, Department of Agriculture, was one of 81 Oklahomans who received the Honorary State FFA Degree during the 84th State FFA Convention in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The degree is the highest state honorary award presented by the FFA and recognizes those who have greatly contributed to the advancement of agricultural education and provided outstanding service to their local program, school and community. Dr. Fischer is the only representative from a four-year university to receive the honor this year.
"I received the State FFA degree as a high school senior from Indiahoma in 1973, and my daughter, Callee Fischer of Chattanooga, received hers at the State Convention this year," says Dr. Fischer. "It means a great deal to me to receive the Honorary State FFA degree the same year that she received her State FFA degree. I consider it an honor to be recognized by this organization."
Dr. Fischer coordinates Cameron's FFA Interscholastic Career Development Event, which brings hundreds of Oklahoma FFA students to campus each year for a series of competitions related to agriculture, including livestock judging, meat judging, agronomy, agricultural mechanics, agricultural business and more. In addition, he oversees the department's annual Beef Cattle Forage Conference and other activities. Dr. Fischer was honored earlier this month with Cameron's Location of Choice Award for his role in establishing, organizing and maintaining Cameron's Community Garden, which provides a vital service to the community and forges a meaningful connection to Cameron's agricultural past. A Cameron alumnus, he joined the faculty in 1991. He holds a Ph.D. in Crop Science from Oklahoma State University.
April 28, 2010