Arizona Agriculture Remembers a Family Legacy
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau: Former Farm Bureau president Cecil Miller, Jr., passed away yesterday surrounded by family and friends. A
Miller Jr. was Arizona Farm Bureau’s
While other Arizona Farm Bureau presidents have sat on the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Miller is the only one to have been vice president of the American Farm Bureau. He also sat on the American Farm Bureau Executive committee for 15 years, served on the board of the Salt River Project, was one of the founders of the Western Agricultural Insurance Company, served on the public lands committee for the Bureau of Land Management and was a member of the advisory group that worked with Gov. Bruce Babbitt to create the 1980 groundwater code. He has also been a board member of the State Compensation Fund, the Central Arizona Project, Arizona Historical
Not long ago, Miller represented agriculture on Arizona’s Navigable Streams Adjudication Commission and served in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona. In 2006, Miller’s family funded
Miller was the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award given out by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). I had the privilege of being there when Miller received the award during AFBF’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah that year. His family was among the invited guests.
Says Miller Jr., “When you’ve been around as long as I have been, you’ve got to learn something along the way.”
Certainly, I admire
To read more about the father/son Legacy of the Miller farm and ranch family, you might wish to read, Like Father, Like Son.
Editor’s Note: Writing this series draws for me a simple conclusion: Being involved in Arizona Farm Bureau matters.