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DSU sophomore demonstrates leadership and passion

Trey Fishbach is studying soil agronomy and fighting for farmers through Dickinson State University. (Iain Woessner / The Dickinson Press)

Trey Fishbach is a sophomore at Dickinson State University; a member of the university's Ag Club, a member of the College Republicans, a member of the wrestling team and the Collegiate Farm Bureau. Currently he is working toward a degree in soil agronomy. Originally from South Dakota, Fishbach was recruited to DSU's wrestling team—his high school coach had wrestled for the Blue Hawks.

"The one club I really have a passion for is Farm Bureau, actually," Fishbach said. "Basically advocating for legislative action for farmers."

Politics aren't really a focus for Fishbach. Originally, he'd wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in construction.

"I would never want to be, like, a state senator—I want to be a farmer, farmer or construction worker ... I thought I wanted to be a construction worker ever since I was little. That's what dad does," he said. "I guess he taught woodshop and construction classes at the high school and had a construction business. As I got older, I got really interested in agriculture, whether its ranching stuff in Wyoming or farming ... in eastern South Dakota."

Ultimately, this interest steered Fishbach toward his current major.

"That's why I was thinking of the agronomy side. In agronomy I can still make pretty decent money and learn what I'll need to do ... then eventually I'll have experience in the agronomy side, and I can translate that into farming once I'm well off enough to begin my own operation," he said. "My family still has farmland."

His enthusiasm for his work with the Collegiate Farm Bureau has earned him accolades. Haley Robison, North Dakota Farm Bureau southwest field representative, said of Fishbach in a statement:

"Trey has been a very active member of the DSU Collegiate Farm Bureau. We commonly discuss current issues in agriculture, and he is always ready and willing to ask questions and voice his opinion. Trey is one of those students who is always willing to get involved and has such a strong passion for agriculture."

She went on to describe him as a "vital" member of the collegiate bureau.

"He attends as many Farm Bureau events as possible like the State Annual Meeting, the State Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference, and this year is hoping to attend the National Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Wisconsin," Robison stated. "He is a vital member of the Collegiate Farm Bureau, and he influences the younger students to step up and speak out just as he does!"

Fishbach is actively involved in community service through his DSU clubs, as well. A scholar in the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program, Fishbach helps promote leadership through service—the Dickinson Backpack Program, which provides food for community children in need, is one of the projects Fishback and the TRHLP help support—they'll be selling wooden pallets at the upcoming Homecoming events to help raise money for that program.

"People make different things (with the pallets), like last year I made a birdhouse," Fishbach said. "Last year and this year also we're going to be doing a brave-the-shave fundraiser for cancer. People come and shave their heads and then other people donate."

Fishbach attributes his strong sense of community service to how he was raised.

"As my parents always told me, you've got to pay it forward. You've got to take care of the people who came before you and then take care of the people less fortunate," Fishbach said. "Me personally, I'm not a very big fan of my generation ... I feel that in general all my generation cares about is 'what's good for me?' they don't think about what's good for the community, the town, the team or others around them."

He said his parents taught him to look after others.

"My parents always taught me to be kind to everyone you can and take care of whoever it is that needs to be taken care of, because you never know when they'll be able to pay you back," He said.

He said that better parenting, moral education and regular church attendance would do a lot to help that lack of community spirit.