Orville Haney is a 6th generation farmer in Kosciusko County. He has had more experience in his 30+ years than many folks have in a lifetime. Even before leaving for college, Orville worked at a machine shop, assisted at a local funeral home and loved being a baseball umpire, in addition to helping on the family farm. After he graduated from Purdue in 2002, Orville was a farm manager for Maple Leaf, managing 4 barns, 15000 laying hens and 5 employees. From there, he worked at the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as a milk inspector. Finally, he settled full time at the family dairy farm, where Orville, his father and his brother started an LLC. Currently, they have grown to 140 milking cows, 600 total head with their feedlot and young stock. They farm 850 acres with 1 full time and 5 part time employees. They sell milk, beef, corn, hay, and breeding stock. Orville’s children are the 7th generation on the family farm. Orville has won a number of awards as an athlete and through Farm Bureau, including being a Farm Bureau state achievement award winner. He currently serves on the Indiana Dairy Development Board, Fulton County DHIA, Fulton County Farm Service Agency and Kosciusko Farm Bureau board of directors.
You can watch Orville accepting his award by clicking here.
We appreciate Orville's contributions to the Indiana dairy industry and wish him much success! He is pictured at right with IDP President Steve Obert and children Keith and Claire.
David Ring has been an outstanding dairy producer in Dubois County, as well as an educator, for many years. David is married to Kathy, and they have 3 grown children. After graduating from Holland High School, David received a bachelors degree at Oakland City University and went on to get a Masters in Economics at the University of Evansville. He taught Business Education for 10 years and Vocational Ag for 16 years and was an FFA adviser. Even with his teaching career, David was a dairy farmer all his life. The family farm began in 1854, and David represents the 4th generation. Dairy cows have always been part of the farm. David currently has a son, Brent, who is very involved on the farm, as well as grandchildren Dylan and McKenzie who have an interest in the farm. In addition to the dairy farm, the Ring’s have a turkey and grain enterprise.
You can watch a video of David's acceptance at the IDP Annual Meeting on February 3 in Indianapolis here.
David was one of the founding board members of IDP in 1999, and he has contributed significantly to supporting Indiana's dairy industry. Congratulations, David!