Honoring Dale Miller's 40-Year Career

Dale Miller retires July 15, after a 40-year career with National Hog Farmer.

At the end of the day on Monday, July 15, Dale Miller will turn out the lights and walk out of the door of his office and into retirement after just over 40 years on the National Hog Farmer magazine staff.  While he has committed to continuing to oversee projects and write more of his well-targeted articles for our magazine as a contributing editor in the future, I have to admit that seeing his empty chair on Tuesday morning is not going to be easy. His legacy and storied career have made a positive difference to the pork industry, to every facet of our magazine’s coverage, and to me.

Dale was recently presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Swine Records (NASR). Take a few minutes to read through the article outlining his many accomplishments, nearly all of which have been achieved as part of Dale’s life-long goal of serving the pork industry.

Over the years, Dale introduced countless features that National Hog Farmer readers continue to use as resources today. The list is long, but a few highlights include our Blueprint series of special magazine issues devoted to key pork industry topics, 10 production-based educational posters, and the popular “Environmental Stewards of the Pork Industry” section that runs in our September issue.

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While trying to put this legendary career into perspective, I burrowed into the National Hog Farmer archives to find Dale’s first editorial in his new position as editor. The editorial outlines Dale’s enthusiasm at having the chance to “talk hogs” with the most talented producers and industry experts in the world. His enthusiasm hasn’t changed much to this day!

I was hired during two months after that editorial ran, starting my position as National Hog Farmer associate editor in December 1993. I’m excited about having the opportunity to “talk hogs” going forward, too, as the new editor of the magazine as of July 16. In the meantime, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all Dale has done to support my career. It has been a real pleasure having a chance to work with him for the past 20 years. I’m looking forward to continuing the strong tradition he has established of providing our pork producer readers with solid, research-based information.

While providing the link to Dale’s first editorial, it only seems fitting to also include a link to his final editorial, in which he expresses his gratitude to the industry he loves. Click here for Dale’s most recent editorial, which appears in the July 15, 2013 issue of National Hog Farmer.

Please join me in thanking Dale for all he has done (and encouraging him to enjoy his retirement—while also serving as our contributing editor when he’s not hanging out in his own hog barns). Share your good wishes  for Dale in the “Comment” section below, or email lora.berg@penton.com, and I’ll pass them along! Happy retirement, my friend!

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Discuss this Blog Entry 21

on Jul 12, 2013

Congratulations on a long and wonderful career, Dale! Glad I could share in it. Thanks for working with me along the way. I've enjoyed every minute of talking family, hogs and Morgan horses with you. Enjoy your retirement and stay in touch.
Congratulations to Laura, too! Wonderful to see someone so passionate about hogs take the reins. I believe in you.
I wish you all the best!
Jill

Dale Miller, Editor (not verified)
on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks, Jill. I'll be hanging around the hog industry for quite a lot longer - hopefully.
Dale

Chuck Schwartau (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Congratulations, Dale. It has been a pleasure watching you in this important service role to the pork industry. I am proud to say I have known you since way too many years ago! Best in your retirment.

Chuck

Dale Miller, Editor (not verified)
on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks, Chuck. It's been a great career. See you at the State Fair.

Dean Luehr (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

I have always enjoyed Dale's articles and insight. He usually had a perspective about things that I seldom had thought of first. His shoes will be impossible to fill, so I recommend not trying. It might serve the new editor to learn from past mentors, as Dale did, then put your own spin on things as you see fit. Trying to fill Dale's shoes could very well result in disastrous failure. Thanks Dale and enjoy your retirement! You will be missed!

Dale Miller, Editor (not verified)
on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for your kind comments, Dean. It's a great industry and I have enjoyed the supporty of many over the years. I hope to remain active in the pork industry for many years to come.
Thanks again.
Dale

Sam Hines (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Dale, sincere best wishes for an enjoyable retirement. Your contribution to the pork industry has certainly been significant and it has been a pleasure knowing you these many years. All the best, Sam

Dale Miller, Editor (not verified)
on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks, Sam. It's been a great career, which I hope to extend through my small hog operation and, perhaps, some special projects in the industry. Thanks for your support over the years.
Dale

Max Schmidt (not verified)
on Jul 13, 2013

Thanks Dale for your leadership over the years. If nothing else, I always read your editorials. It is hard to believe it has been 40 years but what a ride! I'm looking forward to the next 40 years. I'm sure you will be part of the industry for a while longer.

Dale Miller, Editor (not verified)
on Jul 15, 2013

What a ride, indeed! I've enjoyed a wonderful career, made even better by producers like you, Max, who were willing to share their experiences. Thanks for your kind comments. Dale

Mike King (not verified)
on Jul 15, 2013

Dale: You have been a great asset to the pork industry for decades and your daily input and reporting will be missed. But, I know that we will all continue to learn from your encyclopedic knowledge for years to come. Enjoy your extra time on the farm, traveling and antiquing. Hope to see you soon.
All the best,
Mike

on Oct 22, 2013

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on Apr 17, 2014

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