Farm Machinery Exec
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August 31, 2012 — It’s not every day you hear about a leader of the agricultural machinery industry deciding to start his own television show, but that’s precisely the Rodney Miller story.
His new show Small Town Big Deal premiers Thursday September 6, 2012, 9:30pm ET on RFD-TV network, and features Rodney, the man on a mission to shine the spotlight on the cool, interesting, historic and just plan fun things going on in small town America these days.
The world is made of stories, and “Small Town Big Deal”, says Rodney, promises to be “an unapologetic celebration of the real-life stories of rural life, of small towns and farming communities and the people, places and events that reflect our values, cherished histories, successes and innovations. In complicated world, some of our best stories are about what we still call character, patriotism, faith and good common sense.”
Energy, ideas, enthusiasm and determination have been Rodney Miller’s lifetime tools throughout his career in the agriculture industry. Originally from Benton IL, his life has taken him from there to Ocilla GA via Springdale AR and Buford GA.
Rodney served as the CEO of McCormick International, USA in Duluth, Georgia until May of 2010. McCormick International builds and distributes agricultural tractors for both the full time and rural lifestyle farmer. He had previously been CEO of Montana Tractors, a nationwide distributor of compact tractors and equipment, located in Springdale, Arkansas. The late J.B. Hunt was the majority owner of Montana. Rodney led a team that took Montana Tractors from $2 million in annual revenue to over $80 million in annual revenue in just three years.
Rodney Miller was born and raised on a farm in the Benton, Illinois area, where agriculture was a way of life. He now lives in Ocilla, Georgia with his wife Kendra. They have three children and one granddaughter. He is an avid collector of antique tractors and equipment. Rodney still maintains a 1,000-acre row crop operation in the Benton, Illinois area, and a small operation in Georgia, as well as owning/operating a large corn maze in the Atlanta metro area.
Additionally, he writes a regular one page article in the Rural Lifestyle Dealer.
Since 2010 Rodney has served as the Assistant to the Dean and Director of Advancement and External Affairs, for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia.