In fact, Miller is having an agronomy internship this summer at Growmark in Somerset through his studies at Penn State University, where he is majoring in animal science. Growmark is located in the same place as the former A.J. Walker store near Lowes in Somerset.
"I want to stay in Somerset County because this is where my family is, and I feel like there are opportunities to make a good living here," said Miller, who received his American Degree at the 85th annual FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., last fall. "I would like to be in the animal production sector of agriculture, preferably cattle."
Miller was graduated from Berlin Brothersvalley High School in 2010. He was a member of the Berlin FFA Chapter since eighth grade and served as president and sentinel of the chapter. He did beef production as his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. Dan Miller, the teacher by the same name, is his adviser in FFA.
Receiving the American Degree is no small feat. It is the highest honor an FFA member can receive and takes involvement and paperwork to earn. This past year, Miller from the Berlin Chapter and Jenn Suter from Somerset are the only two FFA members in Somerset County who received this national honor.
Miller first received his Keystone Degree during the Pa. Farm Show in January 2010 and went on to earn his American Degree in October 2012 in Indianapolis.
"Ever since I joined FFA in eighth grade, I wanted to get the American Degree so it was a great experience for me," said Miller. "I would recommend FFA to other students because of all the opportunities — showing at the fair, public speaking, getting to compete at Penn State, spring and fall skills contests and so much more. You also get to meet a lot of great people."
Dan is the son of H. Wayne and Carol Miller, who live on Brushcreek Road in Allegheny Township. He has two older siblings. His older brother Dave lives on the home farm with his wife, the former Missy Chappie, and their children, Matthew, 5, and Kaitlyn, 2. His older sister Beth is married to Travis Anderson and they live in Jerome.
When Dan received his American Degree in Indianapolis last fall, his parents and both siblings were all there to support him. Miller's family owns a small beef farm along Brushcreek Road and they take animals to market at the Club Calf Sale every September at the fairgrounds. While in high school, Dan took Angus crossbreds to the Somerset County Fair through his FFA Chapter.
"I enjoy raising cattle because I like the idea of being able to provide people with some of the food that they need," said Miller. "I want to raise cattle because there will always be a market for them. People always need to eat. I see job security in the industry. The trick is, however, being able to manage the business side of raising cattle to remain profitable."
In addition to the beef farming, the three Miller siblings operate a maple camp together at the farm. This camp was a working camp for generations but sat idle since the 1970s. Now, older brother Dave Miller has resurrected the camp with his siblings and parents.
"I enjoy doing the maple syrup because it's fun to think that my grandfather and great-grandfather were doing the same thing 60 some years ago and now we are continuing that tradition," said Miller.