Fisher Ranch was founded by Wayne and Lucille Fisher in 1917 as a Brahma cattle ranch. Wayne was one of the first to introduce the Brahma breed to the United States and enjoyed touring livestock exposition shows across the Western states. At one point, Wayne was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest Brahma bull in the world, an enormous yet docile fellow affectionately known as Sam.
Late 1920s – During the Great Depression, Wayne was instrumental in negotiating non interest loans from the federal government on behalf of the Palo Verde Irrigation District as part of the New Deal. The district then extended those same terms to local farmers in the valley. This helped to renew the local agricultural community of the Palo Verde Valley and established Wayne as an influential figure in the Palo Verde farming community.
Wayne’s son, Dana returned to the US after working in Egypt for Trans World Airlines. Upon his return to Blythe, he expanded the use of scientific research in agriculture. He went on to serve as an agriculture advisor to the University of California, Riverside.
Dana established the Progressive Farmers Organization in Blythe to help promote and disseminate agriculture research in the Palo Verde Valley.
Third generation Bart returned to the family business after graduating from University of California, Davis.
As part of the farm’s expansion into fresh produce, the Hi-Value melon packing shed and produce cold room were constructed. In time, the farm’s cooling needs would expand and additional sheds and coolers were built or acquired.
Bart and Dana establish their own 2-way radio business. Today, Fisher Wireless Services has grown into the largest 2-way radio service provider in the United States.
Bart installed a solar farm and a series of natural gas fired generators to power the Fisher Ranch facilities. This allows the ranch to operate independently of the public power grid. Over time, Bart expanded on the technology to complete a combination cooling, heat and power (CCHP) tri-generation system.
Fourth Generation Andrew joined the family business after graduating from the University of Redlands.