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Miller named 2016 Outstanding Cooperator Award winner

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The Nelson County Conservation District named Jacob Miller its 2016 Outstanding Cooperator. Each year, the district recognizes farmers who are taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques.

Jacob has been in the cattle business for 30 years, starting at the age of 10, when his father purchased his first registered cattle. Growing up, he was always involved in 4-H and FFA activities, including showing livestock and livestock judging contests on a local and national levels. This increased his love for the cattle industry.

In 2005, along with his wife, Lee, daughter, Brooke and later their son, Kaleb, they purchased a 20-acre farm to start their own herd of elite Charolais cows to produce top seed stock replacement females and bulls for commercial cattle producers. They have used both their natural resources and modern technology, such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer, to acquire the best genetics available, and have had great success in marketing their genetics to cattlemen across the U.S.

In November 2015, Miller was approved for cost share funding under the Kentucky State Cost Share Program. He completed the contract in December 2015. Using these state cost share funds, and with technical assistance from the Nelson County Conservation District and natural Resources Conservation Service, he installed 900 feet of pipeline, four watering facilities, and 3,200 feet of fence. He was also able to construct 1,540 square feet of heavy use area and planted 20 acres of seed for pasture.

Miller also applied for and was approved for cost share funding under the County Agricultural Investment Program. With technical assistance from the Nelson County Conservation District, he built a cattle barn and installed 4,000 feet of fence.