Celebrating Hayden Bush: 2024 June Dairy Parade Grand Marshal

A Lifetime of Passion for the Dairy Industry Transformed into a Commitment to its FutureVitality for Generations to Come

Written by: Renee Aufdermauer – Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Hayden Bush on being selected as the 2024 June Dairy Parade Grand Marshal! Hayden is a dedicated advocate for the dairy and agricultural industries, a passion deeply rooted in his upbringing on a family-owned dairy farm in Tillamook. From a young age, Hayden was immersed in the daily operations of farm life, fostering a strong connection to agriculture and a profound appreciation for the hard work it entails.

As an adult, Hayden channels this passion into various community initiatives, striving to give back to the community that shaped him. He is one of the Agricultural Science & Industrial Technology Instructors and FFA Advisors at Tillamook High School, helping students gain valuable skills for their futures while engaging them in agricultural topics. Hayden has coached multiple FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation Teams to state-winning titles and notable national placements. He also works closely with local 4-H and FFA members, offering guidance to help them improve their dairy projects. Committed to ensuring the vitality and sustainability of the dairy industry for future generations, Hayden is devoted to bettering the Tillamook community that he loves.

Hayden is a third-generation dairy farmer who grew up on his family’s dairy farm, Gypo Jerseys, in Tillamook, Oregon. He is the son of Mike and Lori Bush. A 2010 graduate of Tillamook High School, Hayden went on to earn a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Oregon State University. During his college years, he was an active member of the dairy club and came home every weekend to help run the family farm. Hayden and his wife Brooklyn, who are both agricultural educators at Tillamook High School, are co-advisors of the FFA chapter, forming a dynamic duo passionate about developing the next generation of dairy farmers and agriculturalists.

In 2021, he was recognized with the Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award, which acknowledges innovative early-career teachers with exceptional professional records. Under his mentorship, the Tillamook FFA chapter has achieved many successful years in dairy cattle evaluation, with teams consistently placing in top ranks at state-level competitions and attending nationals. Additionally, Hayden serves as a board member of the Oregon FFA Foundation.

Hayden’s engagement with the Tillamook community is evident from his continued dedication to both education and agriculture. Join us in celebrating Hayden Bush at the June Dairy Parade as we honor his contributions and enjoy the festivities. Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement on June 22 in Downtown Tillamook as we come together to celebrate our community!

*Information in this article was supplied from the nomination form and other sources.