Terre Haute, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2005
Terry Hayhurst is owner/manager of Hayhurst Farms, a family partnership based in Vigo County, Indiana that includes 1,200 acres of crops, 30 head of Polled Hereford cattle, and a 4,000 head per year weaned-to-finish hog operation. He graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. He is an alumnus of Class III of the Agriculture Leadership Program of the Indiana Agriculture Leadership Institute. In 1996 Hayhurst Farms was a host of the Purdue Farm Management Tour.
Hayhurst is recognized as a innovative thinker whose leadership and consensus-building skills have been transforming for the many organizations he has served. His service to the Vigo County Farm Bureau included a term as Young Farmer chairman, nine years as chairman of the Natural Resources Committtee and six years as the county president. At the state level, he has served on at least a half dozen different committees and has represented Indiana Farm Bureau on lobbying trips to Washington and at numerous national conventions. He has served for six years on the Indiana Soybean Board (ISB), currently serving as chairman of the board. In 2001 he was one of two ISB delegates to the Middle Eastern Soybean Conference in Instanbul, Turkey. As ISB president from 2002 to 2004, he led the effort to establish the ISB endowed chair in soybean utilization at Purdue University, an innovative use of ISB research funding and soybean checkoff funds that guarantees a perpetual influence on Indiana production agriculture and the soybean industry. For 13 years, until 1997, he was a supervisor and vice chairman of the Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District. For the past 10 years he has been a member of the Purdue Farm Policy Study Group, serving as chair in 1999 to 2001. He is a director of Grower’s Cooperative, a position he’s held since 1994.
Hayhurst is a familiar figure in volunteer circles in the Terre Haute community, as well. He is a 4-H leader and serves the Vigo County 4-H Fair as assistant superintendent of the beef barn as a member of the livestock sale committee. He was a member of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee from 1994 to 1998, and served five years on the Vigo County Extension Board. For more than 20 years he has served in leadership at Prairie Creek Wesleyan Church where he has been worship leader, Sunday School superintendent, vice chair of the board, and a youth Sunday School leader.
Terry and his wife Susan received the Terre Award in Agriculture in 1993 from the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, and in 1996 they were chosen by Countrymark as Indiana ambassadors to the National Institute on Cooperative Education in St. Louis. Indiana Farm Bureau selected them as ACE USA Ambassadors in 1999.