This item has been supplied by a forage marketer and has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hay & Forage Grower.The National Hay Association presented the Haymaker of the Year Award to John Russell of Pemberville at its 123rd Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO, held September 12-15, 2018. 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.
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