Richard Larsen is a fifth-generation farmer. His great-grandparents helped homestead the Snake River Valley in Idaho in the 1880s with their own farm. While in high school, Richard received the Idaho State Future Farmers Degree because of his farming and cattle projects. In 1976, he bought his first farm ground, and since that time he has been buying more land and expanding his farming operation.
In 1989 Richard and his brother Blaine decided to expand their hay operation, which included building the Hay Terminal in Dubois, Idaho. Since that time, they have been shipping quality hay products all over the world. Richard has been a member of the National Hay Association since the 1980s and has served in various leadership positions for them. He served as president for the NHA in 2006, and in 2010, Richard received the honor of being chosen as the Haymaker of the Year by the NHA. Currently, he is the president of the local chapter of the Lions Club and supports youth in their 4-H programs. He also serves in his local church in various positions.