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Congratulating Philip Miller Upon His Retirement

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 13, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LUETKEMEYER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate long- time Missouri resident, Philip Miller on his upcoming retirement from Bayer.

After 26 years of service, mainly in the crop science field, Philip is the inventor of over 20 patents, has authored 17 scientific papers and book chapters, and has spoken in numerous global and societal policy forums. Since 2012, he has served on the boards of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and CropLife International. He also found time to serve on the University of Missouri's Chancellors Advisory Board and the board of the Missouri Make-A-Wish foundation, all while working to raise corporate funds for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

A scientist by training, Philip earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry, a Master of Science in cytogenetics, and a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. He has utilized his expertise and leadership skills in various roles throughout his career to ensure farmers have the technologies they need to ensure that our nation continues to have affordable supplies of food.

Philip began his career as a regional sales director for PepsiCo and as a teacher at the University of Florida and Appalachian State University prior to joining Monsanto. From 2002 until Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto in 2018, Philip served in a variety of roles, including as the site lead at Mystic, Connecticut, a former Monsanto research site. Philip next served as Vice President, U.S. Commercial Technology Development before serving as Vice President, U.S. Product Management and Business Strategy.

In 2010, Philip became Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs and Science adding global government affairs to his responsibilities in 2015. The next year, his role expanded to include corporate affairs and communications and in 2018 he was also asked to lead Monsanto's merger with Bayer. At Bayer, Philip has led engagements with global governments and regulatory bodies as well as with other important stakeholders, critically shaping the industrial landscape for the better.

Having grown up farming and continuing to operate our family farm today, I cannot overstate the importance of Philip's contributions to the farming community and agriculture industry. Families across the U.S and around the world can better feed their families thanks to his ingenuity and commitment to the availability of food.

Madam Speaker, please join me in thanking Philip Miller for his many years of service and congratulating him on a well-deserved retirement.

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