Greensburg, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2008
David Miers is president of Miers Farm Corporation (MFC), a producer of seed and specialty grains in Decatur County, Indiana. Miers is a sixth generation farmer, operating a farm that has been run by his family for 173 years. Miers graduated from Purdue University in 1970 with a B. S. in Agricultural Economics. He served for two years in the United States Army before returning to the family farm in 1972. In 1990-91 he completed the two-unit curriculum of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) at Texas A&M University.
Miers has been an innovator in agricultural production, having been an early adopter of GPS technology, grid soil sampling and variable rate lime and fertilizer application. He has engaged in an extensive program of farm drainage improvement that has included the land-leveling over 1,300 acres, installation of 500,000 feet of drainage tile, surface draining all fields, and the installation of dry dams and rock chutes. In the early 1980’s he planted 3,000 black walnut trees, and Timber Stand Improvement has been completed on the 150 acres of woodland. In 2004 he established approximately 60 acres of warm season grasses for wildlife habitat. Miers primary crop is seed corn for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, and he has consistently been among top seed corn producers and has worked closely with the company to experiment with different planting patterns to maximize yields. Since 1989 MFC has raised 27 different seed corn hybrids for Pioneer, and was the top yielding grower for 18 of those.
Miers has an extensive record of agricultural leadership and service. He was a member of Class 1 of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program, and served on the board of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition (1986-1993). He served as Governor Evan Bayh’s first Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and was the Chairman of the Indiana State Fair Commission. He has been a member of the Indiana Farm Policy Study Group since 1986, and he was a ten year member of the board of the Decatur County Grain Growers where he also served terms as treasurer and president. He served on the board of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association from 1975 to 1990 (president 1986-1988), representing the group on the Dean of Agriculture selection committee (1986) and on the board of the Purdue Alumni Association (1988-1990). He’s been a board member (1990-1994), vice president (1992) and president (1993) of the Indiana Farm Management Association and hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour in 1997. Miers served on the Decatur County Extension Board (1993-1999; vice president 1998-1999). He’s been a member of the Decatur County Ag Day Committee since 1981 and served six years (1983-1989) as its treasurer. He was the founding chairman of the successful Decatur County Purdue Ag Alumni Steak Fry Committee, serving for 26 years (1975 to 2001) and establishing a scholarship endowment fund that provides scholarships to all Decatur County students who are sophomores in the Purdue College of Agriculture.
Miers is a tireless community servant. He is a trustee of the Decatur County YMCA (2001-present; board member 1976-82 and 1994-2000; vice president 1997-1998; president 1999-2000), and a board member of the Decatur County Historical Society (1998-present; president 2005-2006), the South Park Cemetery (1985-present; president 2001-present); and Main Source Bank (1997-present). He is a member of the Decatur County Economic Development Committee’s Ag Division (2004-present) and the Greensburg Area Chamber of Commerce (1986-present; board member 1998-2001). He’s played a key role in several community fund raising campaigns, chairing the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign (2003), the United Fund Annual Campaign (2005) and the YMCA Capital Campaign Major Gifts Division ($4 million campaign; 1999). He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International (2003) and was a past member (1973 to 1994) of the Elks Lodge where he served in numerous leadership roles, and is a member of the American Legion (since 1972), Veterans of Foreign Wars (since 1990), Indiana and Decatur County Farm Bureau (since 1972) and the Greensburg United Methodist Church (since 1947).
Awards and honors presented to Miers include: Outstanding Tree Farmer and Tom Wallace Forestry Award (1988); Decatur County Agriculture Hall of Fame (1990); Sagamore of the Wabash (1992); Purdue University Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus (1999); Decatur County YMCA Volunteer of the Year (2000); Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame (2002); Decatur County United Fund Volunteer of the Year (2004); Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award (2005); and Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer (2007).