For the past 17 years, Steven Miller has served as one of Dairy Council of California’s Mobile Dairy Classroom instructors, providing educational assemblies to students, families and communities throughout Orange County,
San Diego and Riverside Counties, as well as the High Desert region and Long Beach Unified School District. In this role, he is able to combine his love for agriculture and education to teach ag literacy and the importance of consuming a healthy,
well-balanced diet made of wholesome, nutrient-dense foods like milk and dairy.
A strong advocate for agriculture and ag literacy, Steven teaches Mobile Dairy Classroom assemblies because he believes everyone deserves to know where their food comes from, how to eat healthfully and the important role food plays in health. He also teaches people about how farmers care for their animals, the environment and the foods they produce for people to consume. Steve believes that supporting positive health and health outcomes begins with teaching children how to eat healthfully and understand where their food comes, which is what drives Steve to do the important work he does every day.
Growing up in Imperial County, Steven was heavily influenced by his uncle, who was an alfalfa and cotton farmer, and his experiences working in beef feedlots. Seeing firsthand how hard farmers work to produce food sparked a passion and appreciation for agriculture’s contribution to health, and inspired Steve to pursue a career that allowed him to share his passion while teaching future generations to connect with agriculture in an experiential way.
When he is not teaching Mobile Dairy Classroom assemblies, Steven serves as the beef, sheep, swine and market goat leader for the Trabuco Trailblazers’ 4H program, volunteers at the Mission Viejo Future Farmers of America to work with students interested in marketing beef and serves as a judge at livestock shows. He also raises show lambs and helps fit cattle and sheep for showings. Steven’s passion for animal agriculture and education is deeply ingrained, and something he hopes to inspire in future generations.
Steven earned a B.S. in Agricultural Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Let the light that shines in you be brighter than the light that shines on you. —Dabo Swinney
For over 25 years, Rhoads has served as Dairy Council of California’s office coordinator and database technician.