The National Association of Swine Records recently presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to National Hog Farmer Editor Dale Miller of Hampton, Minn.
Raised on a diversified farm near Morristown, Minn., Miller was a 10-year member of the Minnesota 4-H program, during which he exhibited many state fair swine winners. After high school, Miller attended the University of Minnesota. While at the university, Miller spent three summers as a field representative for the Chester White Swine Record Association and served on the editorial staff of the Chester White Journal. In December 1972, Miller graduated with a bachelor’s in animal science.
He joined the editorial staff of the National Hog Farmer, in January 1973. National Hog Farmer is a nationally recognized swine industry publication reporting news and production practices pertinent to the nation’s pork producers. Miller was promoted to managing editor in 1977, and in 1993, he was named the magazine’s editor, a position that he currently holds. Miller retires July 15.
During his tenure with NHF, Miller has traveled throughout the U.S. and around the globe to help tell the story of the swine industry. Some of his career highlights include: surveying the National Boar Tests for 20 years, reporting the original work on sow productivity indexing (SPI), covering the research that identified the stress gene and its impact on the industry and writing about the impact of A.I. on America’s swine herds.
Miller introduced countless features to the NHF such as NPPC’s production and financial standards, inventions contests, new product tours, employer/employee surveys, the ‘Blueprint series for Top Pork Producers’ and the ‘Environmental Stewards of the Industry.’ He spearheaded the NHF 50th Anniversary edition, in 2005. Miller followed this popular edition by introducing the ‘Masters of the Pork Industry,’ recognizing the personal and professional stories of people that impacted the swine industry.
Miller is a charter member of the National Association of Swine Testing Stations, later renamed the National Swine Improvement Federation. He was heavily involved in the Major Genetic Evaluation projects, National Genetic Program Special Report, the National Genetic Maternal Line Program, the Quality Lean Modeling Project, the NBS Progeny Test results and Genetics of Lean Efficiency. The 10 production-based posters that Miller helped develop through these projects have been translated into four different languages.
Miller has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Pork Checkoff, Honorary Iowa Master Pork Producer and the NSIF Charles Stanislaw Service Award, in addition to being recognized many times for his writing by the Livestock Livestock Publication's Council and American Agricultural Editor's Association.
"One thing is evident in Miller's writing, his love for the swine industry, as evidenced by his ability to speak plainly and directly to swine producers and encourage them to make changes to make this industry better," says Mike Paul, President of NASR. "There was no one better than one of our own, Dale Miller, to put challenges into the terms we understood. It is with great pleasure and a deep admiration that the NASR proudly presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dale Miller."
Today, Miller runs a small seedstock operation, raising Chester Whites, F-1 gilts and quality locker pork.
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