MINNEAPOLIS (March 8, 2010) – Dale Miller, editor of National Hog Farmer magazine, was honored by the Pork Checkoff with the Distinguished Service Award during special ceremonies at the Pork Industry Forum held in Kansas City, Mo., March 4-6, 2010.

"Dale's passion for helping producers understand and adopt changing production practices have benefitted pork producers for the past 38 years," said Tim Bierman, a pork producer from Larrabee, Iowa, and National Pork Board president. "As an example, Dale was at the forefront of delivering vital information on artificial insemination technologies as they first offered promise to U.S. pork producers in the early 1970s, through the time when they became common practice."

“This recognition of Dale Miller is a reflection of the many years of work by Dale and other members of the staff at National Hog Farmer,” said Roger Randall, general manager of the livestock publications at Penton Media. “Through good times and bad, Dale and his staff have been there to support the pork industry.”

“Dale Miller has been one of the true champions of the U.S. pork industry,” said Greg Frey, vice president of the agricultural group at Penton Media. “Dale has always gone the extra mile to make sure U.S. pork producers have information on the latest technological advances they need to continue to help feed the world.”

Miller attended the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in December 1972. On January 1, 1973, he joined the editorial staff of the National Hog Farmer magazine as an associate editor. Miller was promoted to Managing Editor at National Hog Farmer in 1977 and in 1993, was named the magazine’s Editor – a position he currently holds. During his tenure, Miller has traveled to most states in the United States and numerous foreign countries (Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Italy, China, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Brazil), studying and reporting on pork production practices throughout the world. In addition, Miller is active in a small seedstock operation, raising purebred Chester Whites, F-1 replacement gilts and quality locker pigs.

National Hog Farmer, the monthly trade publication and its ancillary products, serve professional pork producers in the United States and Canada with in-depth news and production information needed to keep modern pork production systems competitive and profitable. Qualified subscribers include owners, managers and other production-based personnel, swine veterinarians, nutritionists, consultants and meat industry representatives. A wide variety of news and information is also provided through an electronic newsletter, National Hog Farmer Weekly Preview, and online at www.nationalhogfarmer.com. National Hog Farmer is part of Penton Media’s extensive family of print and online agricultural brands, including BEEF®, Hay & Forage Grower®, Corn & Soybean Digest®, Farm Industry News®, and Farm Press®publications.

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