You could say ranch life is in Carmel Miller’s bones. She was born on a ranch south of Rhame, helps operate the Miller Ranch near Carson and has long been a faculty member in the Agriculture, Technology and Natural Resources Department at Bismarck State College.
“Besides driving 70 miles one way to teach, she is very involved in helping her husband with the ranch chores,” said Karen Miller, who nominated Miller for Country Woman of the Year. “Many times, she hardly gets any sleep as she is taking turns checking the heifers.”
Carmel Miller was raised around cattle, sheep, horses and a small grain farm. Today she and her husband, Todd, raise their daughters in similar fashion.
“I love that I get to raise my kids in rural North Dakota. I think that’s a big plus that I get to raise them the way I was raised; with good rural values, knowing your neighbors, and neighbors helping neighbors.”
Jayden, 14, and Addison, 10, are also following in their mom’s footsteps when it comes riding horseback and competing in rodeos.
Miller takes pride in in their cow-calf operation and raising a quality product.
“We try to raise good cattle and market the best way we can and be good stewards of the land and environment," she said.
Miller also teaches precision agriculture and animal science agriculture courses at Bismarck State College and is the lead faculty member for the department. For nearly 20 years, she has been sharing her passion with future agriculture leaders.
“I am really fortunate that the students I work with have the same passion I have for farming and ranching and being a part of the agriculture industry. It’s exciting to see the next generation of agriculture workers,” Miller said.
As a strong promoter of rural life, Miller is proud of the contributions the Miller Ranch provides her home state.