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UK Alum, Fourth-Generation Black Farmer Stays Connected Through MANRRS
Kentucky Ag Connection - 02/09/2024

In 2008, Miller graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Miller was active in the UK Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) program, encouraging and empowering minorities to pursue degrees in agriculture and related fields.

With 16 years of work in corporate agriculture and valuable experiences gained in UK MANRRS under his belt, Miller feels well-prepared to be successful as the new U.S. crop technology market manager at FMC Corporation. The agricultural sciences company advances farming through innovative and sustainable crop protection technologies.

Finding agriculture and MANRRS on campus Upon arriving on campus, Miller didn’t know that agriculture was even a degree option. After speaking with Susan Skees, current undergraduate academic coordinator at Martin-Gatton CAFE, Miller fondly remembered landscaping as a kid, visiting the family farm and realizing that a career in agriculture is, “more than just being a farmer.”

After changing his major to agriculture economics, Miller wanted to get more involved and discovered the UK MANRRS program – promoting the advancement of ethnic and cultural groups underrepresented in agricultural and related sciences.

“UK MANRRS allowed me to develop my network outside of just athletics,” Miller said. “I’m where I’m at in my career because of the opportunities and experiences offered in this program.”

While attending the inaugural Iowa Famers of Color Conference and the recent National Black Growers Council annual meeting, Miller believes that agricultural diversity is important and needs representation.

“Diversity in agriculture is important because we are a diverse society,” Miller said. “Working in the public and private sector, making policies is important. We need to be at the table. We need to be more visible.”

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