Seth Hoyt was honored with the Jim Kuhn Leadership Award from the California Alfalfa & Forage Association (CAFA) early this month during the California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium in Visalia.

Hoyt, who reports on the hay and forage market in Western states, writes a weekly online newsletter called The Hoyt Report. He received the annual award from Philip Bowles, CAFA president, who read a short synopsis of Hoyt’s accomplishments during the luncheon presentation.

“Despite the volatility that can rapidly turn hay prices in another direction, Hoyt is known for his ability to be ahead of the curve and pinpoint factors that are changing the market,” wrote Aaron Kiess, CAFA executive director, in that synopsis.

Kiess drew a brief sketch of Hoyt’s career, including his work as a cattle and sheep buyer whose job it was to buy alfalfa hay for thousands of sheep, his 23 years of reporting on the hay, grain and livestock markets with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and his career with USDA. After retiring as senior ag economist with USDA, Hoyt started his weekly market newsletter in 2008 and also speaks on the hay market at events.

“Although the USDA still has its weekly market report, it left a void when it dropped its popular California newsletter. Hoyt’s hay market newsletter, now available by subscription, fills the void,” Kiess wrote.

The Kuhn award was established to honor Jim Kuhn, an industry icon, innovator and founding member of CAFA who was killed in a vehicle accident near his El Centro, CA, ranch. Nominees are judged on their knowledge of alfalfa, record of leadership and the depth of their lasting contributions to the California alfalfa industry.