IHFA Don Hale Hall of Fame Award

The Don Hale IHFA Hall of Fame Award is presented in honor of Don Hale’s investment and dedication in creating a strong hay and forage organization in Idaho.  Don served as president of the IHFA more than once and for a number of years on the board of directors.

Don Hale, Blackfoot, was a valued leader in the Idaho Hay and Forage Association and played a major role in establishing the Idaho Hay Association later known as the Idaho Hay and Forage Association.  The Idaho Hay and Forage Association established a special award, the “Don Hale Hall of Fame Award” to be presented annually to someone affiliated with the hay and forage industry in Idaho.

Award Criteria

1.    Nominee must be currently involved in the Idaho hay and forage industry.


2.    A person may receive this award only once.  The award will not be presented posthumously.


3.    Nominee should represent outstanding accomplishments in the following:


»  Public relations and communication with peers, the public, and other contacts.

»  Unique or innovative efforts in the hay and forage industry.

»  Related contributions and activities.

»  Environmental concern and stewardship.

»  Legislative/regulatory involvement.

»  Creativity demonstrated.

»  Impact on industry.


4.   Nominee’s name may be held for consideration until the IHFA Board of Directors selects to remove the name from future consideration.  Nominees may also be removed should the person move from the area or because of death.




1.    Any active member (producer or associate) may submit a name to the IHFA Board of Directors for consideration for this award.


2.    The individual submitting the name for the award should include contact information for the recommended nominee and accurate spelling and title for the individual, company or agency being nominated.


3.    The board of directors will annually review the list of nominees and vote for one to receive the award.  The award will be presented at the Idaho Hay and Forage Conference with a brief paragraph read about the award winner.




A plaque will be awarded at the Idaho Hay and Forage Conference.  A letter indicating the award selection and name of award winner will be sent to Don Hale’s wife, Judi.


Year Awarded



Dr. Glenn Shewmaker - University of Idaho


Clark Kauffman - Filer


Jim Blanksma - Mountain Home


Scott Jackson - Jerome




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