April 27, 2007
April 27, 2007 - This week, the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) board of directors announced that Larry R. Miller, Ph.D., has accepted the position of director for DISCOVER Conferences. Miller will continue his position as national program leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service into July.
Miller is making plans to retire from USDA following a career of nearly 38 years associated with animal agriculture. He steps into the leadership role with DISCOVER in July 2007, for this forum for the open exchange of ideas on important issues in animal agriculture. He has been actively associated with the conferences since they were established.
Miller's professional career spans leadership roles in several USDA agencies, interfacing with universities in every state and with an extensive network of contacts in animal agriculture across the food and agricultural system. His roles associated with the sheep industry have included being the agency contact for small ruminants; program manager for wool research, Montana Sheep Institute and minor use animal drug grants; represented USDA Research, Education and Economics Agencies on the board of directors for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center; facilitated funding and the development of the National Research Council publication, Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants; provided administrative oversight for multi-state coordination of university sheep research and extension programs; and routinely participated in the ASI Production, Education and Research Council.
According to Miller, he is looking forward to the transition to partial retirement. Immediately upon retirement he will begin his part time consultant role as director of DISCOVER Conferences. Larry and wife Ellen plan to remain in the Washington, D.C., area for the near future.