About the Agricultural Coordinator
Tulpehocken Township beef farmer and former state legislator, Sheila Miller, was hired by the Berks County Commissioners to fill the position of agricultural coordinator. She started on the job September 26, 2007 and has been busy setting up the office and working on numerous projects for the agricultural industry since then.
The office of the agricultural coordinator is located at the Agricultural Center, in the Penn State Extension suite. To contact Miller, call 610-898-5482 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The creation of the agricultural coordinator position was part of a list of recommendations resulting from a study on the future of farming in Berks County, conducted by the American Farmland Trust in 2006. A group of volunteers worked on a proposal to the County Commissioners which outlined the role a future agricultural coordinator could play in assisting the farm community to flourish economically.
Former Commissioner Judith Schwank, along with her colleagues, former Commissioner Thomas Gajewski and Commissioner Mark Scott, formally approved the creation of this position in December 2006. Their goal was to have this person promote agricultural business development and market the agricultural industry and agriculturally-related businesses in Berks County. The current Board of Commissioners continues to support the Office of Agricultural Coordinator.
Miller previously served as vice chairman of the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and chaired the Center for Rural Pennsylvania during her fourteen year tenure in the legislature. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Penn State, and previously worked for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service, Lancaster Farming Newspaper, and the Pennsylvania Senate. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and served until 2006.