Dale Miller


A Minnesota native and animal science graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dale joined the National Hog Framer editorial staff in 1973. He has traveled to most states and many foreign countries, studying and reporting on pork production practices throughout the world. Dale’s writing and photography have won numerous awards over the years, including the American Association of Agricultural Editors’ Master Writer award in 2006. He has been recognized with the Honorary Master Pork Producer award by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Minnesota Swine Honor Roll, the National Swine Improvement Federation Distinguished Service award, and in 2010, received the Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Distinguished Service award. Dale remains active in pork production by raising purebred Chester White breeding stock, F-1 gilts and premium locker pork.

My Career, My Prize
How does one go about saying “thank you” to an entire industry? That’s my challenge today. Many of you have heard that I am officially taking down my shingle as editor of National Hog Farmer, effective on July 15. This has been a very difficult decision for me, because I have always loved my job and the dynamic people in the pork industry. I plan to stay involved in the industry through my modest hog operation and, perhaps, some freelance writing and special projects.
Having a Chance to "Talk Hogs"
In his first editorial as the editor of National Hog Farmer, Dale Miller explains why the chance to "talk hogs" with the most talented producers and industry experts in the world was appealing to him.
10 Tips for Young Pork Producers 1
A seminar targeting young pork producers at the Minnesota Pork Congress offered 10 guidelines for everyday financial planning.
Students Face Real-World Challenges
Major swine production employers in Iowa met with Iowa State University professors to evaluate the swine-based curriculum's strengths and weaknesses.
More Bacon, More Pork
Nary a week goes by that bacon isn’t in the news. Most news stories are positive, extolling the attributes of this most versatile and sought-after pork cut.
2013 Master of the Pork Industry Bradley Wolter
There’s a story shared in the Wolter family about a day when Bradley’s father, while fixing some hog fences, nailed his cloth diapers to a fence post just to keep track of him. Tale or true, the story reinforces Bradley Wolter’s early exposure to pigs and may help explain his lifelong ambition to build better hog production systems. Wolters is now chief operating officer at The Maschhoffs Inc., and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois.
Expo Rocks for 25 Years
The National Pork Producers Council will celebrate the silver anniversary of World Pork Expo in June. Being a bit of a pork industry history buff, I decided to thumb through some old files to help jog my memory of how this “world’s largest pork-specific event” came about.
Jeff Hansen, founder and CEO of Iowa Select Farms.
2013 Master of the Pork Industry Jeff Hansen
An education in the hog business can take many forms. For Jeff Hansen, founder and CEO of Iowa Select Farms, the tutorial began at the end of a pitchfork. Growing up on a farm near the company’s home base in Iowa Falls, IA, Hansen and his two brothers were what he calls “Dad’s skid-steer loaders.”
Jim Meimann.
2013 Master of the Pork Industry Jim Meimann
With deep-seated roots in the pork industry, Jim Meimann has taken a decidedly low profile in his responsibilities as senior vice president of governance and operations at the National Pork Board. “I’m a behind-the-scenes kind of guy,” he explains. But don’t let his mild manner fool you; he is passionate about making sure pork producers get their money’s worth from their checkoff investments. He serves as the National Pork Board’s point person in their dealings with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the government arm that oversees Pork Checkoff programs and spending.
So God Made a (Hog) Farmer
In a narrative dubbed over a video track of 35 images depicting America’s farmers and ranchers, the late Paul Harvey, in his trademark cadence, delivered the thoughtful message — “So God Made a Farmer” — captured from his keynote address at the 1978 Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention.
37 and Counting
I don’t know about you, but with the issuance of each USDA Hogs & Pigs report, I have this nagging little thought in the back of my mind that this could be the quarter that the “pigs saved/litter” tally stalls out.
From my perspective.
‘Game Changers’
With its roots in broadcasting, the term reportedly gained prominence during the 2008 Democratic primaries when Hillary Clinton noted that wins in North Carolina and Indiana would be “a game changer.”
Measuring the color of loin samples.
Understanding Improvest
Branded as Improvest in the United States, the generic name for the active ingredient is gonadotropin releasing factor analog-diphtheria toxoid conjugate. Its mode of action is to temporarily and immunologically block gonadotropin releasing factor (GnRF), which reduces the levels of androstenone and skatole in mature male pigs — the primary source of “off odors” in pork.
Environmental Stewards Nominations Due March 31
Application and nomination forms for 2013 Environmental Stewards of the Pork Industry awards are now available. Each year, National Hog Farmer magazine and Pork Checkoff co-sponsor this national recognition program to recognize pork producers’ ongoing commitment to protect and enhance the air, water and land in the proximity of their pork production farms.
Preparing for 2013
How would you rank the pork industry challenges in the order of importance? Would your list include sow gestation housing, antibiotic use in livestock, the Renewable Fuels Standard/ethanol production, 2013 Corn Crop, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS)?
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