Widely known in the region as a successful owner of a large agribusiness company, farmer, and community leader, Miles also served as chairman of Daviess County Conservation District. In addition to serving on numerous agricultural and conservation organizations’ boards, Miles was a member of the University of Kentucky Board Trustees and Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (1996-2003). Miles also served in numerous leadership roles, as director of the National Fertilizer Association Executive Committee, director of the Kentucky Environmental Protective Association in the Classroom, president of the Kentucky Fertilizer and Agricultural Chemical Association, secretary of Kentucky Natures Preserves, secretary of the Kentucky Soybean Association, director of the U.S. Canola Association, director of Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and chairman of the National Fertilizer Association (TFI). Miles also provided his knowledge and leadership as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Agriculture, the Governor’s Task Force on Efficiency, and as a board member for the U.S. Canola Association.
As president of the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD), Miles led partnership efforts to raise awareness of individual agriculture producers and their families on the importance of protecting their on-farm well water systems through the Well Water Testing Program. Miles also worked with the Commissioner of Agriculture to launch the “Ag and Environment in the Classroom” program that continues today to educate school-aged children about the importance of agriculture. Throughout his tenure, he championed numerous other efforts to strengthen the conservation district programs in Kentucky.
For these, and many other leadership efforts, Mr. Miles received numerous awards, including induction into the NACD Southeast Region Hall of Fame.