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 The National Hay Association, the national trade association for the U.S. hay industry, works daily within the industry, federal agencies, and the Congress itself to create an environment that benefits hay merchants and the people who depend on hay and straw in their commerce. A non-profit organization, NHA's activities are funded entirely through membership dues. NHA proudly represents hay producers, brokers, dealers and consumers of forage products, as well as disciplines and activities of businesses that provide products and services to the hay industry.

If you have never attended a NHA Convention or

Mid-Year Meeting, this might be for YOU!

Thanks to the NHA Sponsorship Group and some very generous donors who provided the items for auctions at the 2018 Annual Convention, a sponsorship to attend the February 2019 meeting is available to one Full Member and a guest!  All you have to do is fill out the application below (or go online to http://www.nationalhay.org/page-1799312) and if you are chosen, you will be awarded the following:

  • ·         Travel to the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting-either standard airfare or mileage-for up to two people
  • ·         All room charges at The White House for three (3) nights
  • ·         $400 in cash for food and expenses

Send your completed application to NHA Office.  4735 Massillon Rd Unit 769.  Green, OH 44232.  All applications must be received by Friday, January 25, 2019.  The winner will be selected by February 1, 2019.

Click here to download an application form

This application is intended to offer a member who has never attended a NHA convention, the ability to do so.

2019 NHA Mid-Year Meeting

February 21-23, 2019

White House Hotel Biloxi, MS

For Room Reservations, call 228-233-1230 and mention NHA

Click here for Room Rates, Itinerary and to learn more about The White House


Pat Twede, Steffen Systems, Oregon and Nevada Mease, Meadow Brook Farm, Pennsylvania, are representing the NHA at the 2nd World Alfalfa Congress in Cordobá, Argentina.

2018 Claude Riley Award Winner

Gary Freeburg

The Claude Riley Award is a special recognition for support and contribution to the advancement of the National Hay Association.

Gary has served as NHA President, chairman and a member of numerous committees, served for many years as a Board Director, trucked hay to Madison, Wisconsin for the World Dairy Expo for over 25 years, and he and Amy have not missed a convention in 38 years!  He is devoted to this country, his community, the NHA and most importantly, to his family!  We congratulate the NHA’s First Gentleman, Gary Freeburg, as the 2018 Claude Riley Award Winner!

2018 Haymaker Award

John D. Russell

The National Hay Association proudly congratulates John as the recipient of the Haymaker Award.  The award honors members who show outstanding service, dedicated leadership, generous contribution, exceptional performance or inspiring commitments to the NHA and the hay industry.  It is the highest honor that a NHA member can receive.  

John owns and operates JD Russell Hay and Straw.  Neither John  nor his wife Denise came from a farm family. But in 1985 they sowed the seeds of their dream, working together part-time with less than $1500 in equipment. Expanding every year, and paying cash for equipment, the Russell's worked hard until they were able to devote themselves full-time to the business in 1992.   Today with seven children and eight grandchildren so far, the Russell's work together in what John describes as their “family passion” – producing top quality hay and straw for horses.  To John, reputation is more important than profit.  Long-term relationships with customers and vendors are the highest priority.  

John joined the NHA some 25 years ago and has served on various committees.  He currently co- chairs the BY LAWS Committee and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.     

Click the photo below to see how NHA members are Making Hay!  

Join now to get to know them!


Have a Hay Day!!   

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