Miller wins inaugural young farmer award

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (Feb. 9, 2015) — Robert Wesley Miller Jr. of Cecil County received the first Maryland Outstanding Young Farmer Award from Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder at last week’s Taste of Maryland Agriculture event.
The Maryland Young Farmers Advisory Board and the Maryland Department of Agriculture initiated the Maryland Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 2015 to honor up-and-coming leaders in the state’s ag community.
The award pays tribute to a deserving young farmer who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to agriculture in Maryland, progress in their agricultural career, use of resource conservation practices and contributions to their community.
Miller is the herd manager at Chesapeake Gold Farms and the sixth generation to farm his family’s land. With his father Bob, Wes manages two farms, milks 220 cows, and farms 1,000 acres of hay, straw and other crops in Cecil County. He graduated from Penn State University with an animal science major and two minors in agronomy and agriculture business.
While on campus, Wes was very active in Delta Theta Sigma and assisted AgrAbility projects in Pennsylvania to provide resources and support for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities so that they can live independently and continue farming.