Dana “Bart” Fisher Jr.
Palo Verde Irrigation District
Bart Fisher, a third-generation farmer from Blythe, is a 19-year member of the Palo Verde Irrigation District board of trustees, where he has served twice as board chairman, as recently as 2017. He is also serving his 12th year as chairman of the Colorado River Board of California, where he represents California’s rights in the Colorado River to the other six states with entitlements to the river, and also to the federal government and to the government of Mexico.
Fisher owns Fisher Farms, the family farm in Blythe, and Fisher Ranch Corporation, a broccoli and melon grower-shipper company with operations in Yuma, Ariz., Blythe, Huron, and the Sacramento Valley. Fisher and his late father, Dana B. Fisher Sr., were long-established farmers when they started Fisher Wireless Services, Inc. in 1980. They built a mountaintop relay system and created a wide-area dispatch capability. Today, Fisher Wireless is the largest provider of local and regional two-way networked radio service in the United States.
Fisher graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 1972, where he served as student body president during 1970 and 1971. After graduation, he was selected as a member of Class 5 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. He serves on the California Melon Research Board, and on the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board.