The Forage-Livestock Community Says Goodbye to a Forage Legend: Russell Hackley

Russell Hackley passed away June 12 one day before his 74th birthday. Russell was a patriot devoted to God, family, agriculture, and his community. With wisdom and wit, his stories, quotes, and insight often entertained, taught, and challenged those who knew him.          His love for the land, implementation of rotational grazing practices, and utilization of forage species in his beef cattle production earned him multiple local, state, and national awards, including Master Conservationist, Outstanding Grassland Farmer, and Forage Spokesperson Awards, among others. He traveled four continents, learning about agriculture methods and innovations in various countries. In addition, he served his industry through multiple leadership positions, including KCA’s Foundation board member, Regional VP of KCA, KCA Executive Committee member, board member of both the KFGC and AFGC, and as a board member of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. He was also a proud member of the Grayson County Cattlemen’s Association. ~ Portions of obituary reprinted from the Grayson County News Gazette, June 14-15.

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