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Miller moves to Growth Energy as v.p. and chief economist

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

Growth Energy, which represents the builders and manager of ethanol plants, has hired Jim Miller, a former Agriculture Department undersecretary and Capitol Hill aide, as vice president and chief economist.

Miller was the Agriculture undersecretary for farm and foreign agriculture services in the early part of the Obama administration. He left that position to serve as a senior policy adviser for then-Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and remained a Budget Committee aide until early this year.

A native of Washington state and a wheat farmer, Miller served as president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and later as a lobbyist for NAWG in Washington. Before joining the Obama administration, Miller was chief economist for the National Farmers Union. Tom Buis, the CEO of Growth Energy, was president of the National Farmers Union at that time.