From 1978-2011, Melanie Miller loyally served Wisconsin 4-H in a variety of roles, driving thousands of miles around the state with a license plate reading “WI 4H.” This plate proudly displayed Mel’s support and lifetime belief in the 4-H program’s potential to benefit youth and families. Her creativity, vision, and ability to deliver practical and engaging learning experiences continue to be admired by 4-H and ag professionals across the state and nation.
The Barron County native served the UW-Extension for 32 years as a County 4-H Agent in Sauk and Dunn Counties before joining the state staff as a 4-H Specialist in 1990. There, she collaborated with the Colleges of Agriculture at the UW-Madison, River Falls, and Platteville. Her expertise in agricultural projects and 4-H Youth Development created positive learning experiences for thousands of youth and earned respect from 4-H volunteers, faculty members, state association leaders, and team coaches.
For years, Mel proudly represented 4-H at the Wisconsin State Fair in agriculture projects, performing groups, and housing. She also worked with international programs, served as a liaison to the 4-H faculty, and spent three years as the Interim Director of Upham Woods.
Mel diligently fostered relationships at the state level between 4-H and FFA, and was recognized with the state FFA degree upon retirement. Mel now volunteers at the local hospital and helps with area elections.
Mel was often known to say, “Our projects — whatever they may be — are our common interest, but youth are our common concern.