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.
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 email@example.com, and I’ll pass them along! Happy retirement, my friend!
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