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2017 Haymaker of the Year


Raymond Bricker of Salem, Ohio was named the 2017 Haymaker of the Year at the Annual convention.  Mr. Bricker was born in Salem, graduated from Salem High School and received a BS in Agriculture from Ohio State University in 1964.  

Raymond purchased his farm, Charles F. Bricker & Son LLC, located outside of Salem, in 1970.   At that time, he grew mostly oats, wheat, corn and hay.  In the mid-1970’s, he bought one of the first self-propelled bale wagons in Ohio and growing and selling hay became his primary business.

In the 1990’s, Raymond became a member of the National Hay Association (NHA) and he served as President in 2004.  Each year, the NHA presents the highly coveted and most prestigious Haymaker of the Year Award to the NHA member that has been outstanding in representing the hay industry. 


The Haymaker of the Year Award was created and sponsored by Kemin Industries in the early 1980′s  Members were asked for nominations at the awards banquet annually.  In the early 1990′s, the NHA Board of Directors created the Haymaker Award Committee to continue the tradition.  The Haymaker Award honors members who show outstanding service, dedicated leadership, generous contributions, exceptional performance, or inspiring commitment to the NHA and the hay industy.  The award is the highest honor that a NHA member can receive.


Haymaker of the Year Award Recipients

2016 - Mike Aeschliman

2015 – E. J. Croll

2014 – Rollie Bernth
2013 – Don Kieffer

2012 – David Fink

2011 – Ed Hall
2010 – Richard Larsen
2009 – Jeff Plourd
2008 – Tom Creech
2007 – Harlan Miller
2006 – John Terleckey
2005 – Raymond Oates
2004 – Kenneth Morrison
2003 – Ronald Adams
2002 – Stan Steffen
2001 – Charles Roff
2000 – Gary Freeburg
1999 – Eddie Eckenberg
1998 – Jerry Keegan
1997 – Kent Doke
1996 – John W. Wilson
1995 – Edward Ort
1994 – Lorne Niemann
1993 – Lloyd Eldred, Jr.
1992 – Dick Spears
1991 – Linus Vanderloop
1990 – Robert Horton
1989 – Glendon Everett
1988 – Ezra Raisch
1987 – Melvin Bryant
1986 – Neil Cousino
1985 – Ron Anderson



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