Indiana Corn Marketing Council Board member Josh Miller was elected earlier this month to the board of directors of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). A membership-driven organization of corn, sorghum, barley producers and agribusinesses, USGC supports free and fair global trade. USGC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but has a full-time presence in 13 key markets around the world and operates programs in more than 50 countries. Miller will serve until July 2019.
Miller is the fifth generation to work on his Madison County farm near Anderson, Ind. The farm produces 850 acres of corn with additional acreage in soybeans “We are primarily a 100 percent no-till row crop operation,” Miller said. “Our focus is on promoting soil health and controlling erosion. We can accomplish this through variable rate fertilizer application, cover crops and pattern tile drainage.”
Miller’s passion to expand U.S. export markets for corn inspired him to seek a position on the U.S. Grains Council board. “Expanding our export markets is very important,” Miller said. “For every $1 spent in gaining an export market for U.S. corn, there is a $28 return. But we’re not going to get it by sitting idly by. We’ve got to go out and sell it, and I want to help us do that.”
A world traveler, Miller served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and worked overseas as a finance officer for Lockheed Martin. He believes that experience may have helped him get elected to the board. “We live in a global economy, and trade works for our economy,” Miller added.
Miller is the second Hoosier elected as a board member to the U.S. Grains Council, which was launched in 1960. Indiana farmer David Howell served on the board in 2014.
Miller’s wife, Jennifer, is a veterinarian for Elanco Animal Health. They have two children, Liam, 3, and Declan, 1. Miller is also the Jackson Township Trustee in Madison County. He is a board member of the Agape Family Life House, and he attends Northview Church.
Source: Indiana Corn Marketing Council