National Hay Association

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2018 Haymaker of the Year


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.     

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

2017 - Raymond Bricker
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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