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Claude Riley Award Winners

2021 Claude Riley Award Winner

John Szczepanski

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

In 2004, The Export Processor's Council (EPC) was formed as a sub-committee of the NHA to standardize business practices with foreign forage buyers.  By 2007, the group had grown to 24 companies and John Szczepanski was hired to serve as their Executive Director.  

The name of the group changed to the United States Forage Export Council (USFEC) in 2012 and today, 34 companies are members with John still serving as the Director.  He works closely with the USDA, travels to open and grow foreign markets and works tirelessly to stay on top of issues that are of interest to forage exporters and domestic forage producers.

John contributes monthly to the Hay There  magazine and serves as the "voice of the NHA" on forage export issues and transportation issues both internationally and domestically.  His expertise is invaluable to our membership and we present this award for his contributions to our industry and to our organization.

Congratulations to John and Thank You!

Claude Riley was a Chicago area hay dealer, professional hayman, and strong supporter of the NHA. Claude never missed a convention for 20 years after serving as the NHA President in 1972. Claude died three days after the St Augustine, FL convention. Claude’s obituary named the NHA for memorials and the association decided to create the Riley Award. The Riley Award honors professional haymen and strong NHA supporters.

Past Claude Riley Award Winners

2020 - Clayton Geralds

2019 - John and Barbara Randall

2018 - Gary Freeburg

2017 - Michael Davidson

2016 - Robyn Scott
2015 - John Russell
           Julie Foos
 2014 - Bonnie Carr
 2013 - Trish Kieffer
 2012 - Dr. Garry Lacefield
 2011 - Dick Carter
 2010 - Glen Knopp
 2009 - Mert Pratt
 2008 - Greg Braun
 2007 - Tim Serr
 2006 - Harvey Ferris, Jr.
 2005 - Cantrell Hay Company

 2004 - Raymond Oates
 2003 - Amy Freeburg
 2002 - Tom Keene
 2001 - Rollie Bernth
 2000 - John Terleckey
 1999 - David Fink
 1998 - Monique Vinelli
 1997 - Robin Anderson
 1996 - Harlan and Lucille Miller
 1995 - Barbara Spears
 1994 - Jerry and Lela Fanning
 1993 - Larry Brogan
            Duane Jonhson

 1992 - Les and Vera Proehl


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