Niman Ranch and Sustainable Agriculture




Natural food industry thought-leaders go back to school to study sustainable agriculture

Niman Ranch hosts program to understand the complexity of sustainability and formulate company goals

January 23, 2013 (Alameda, Calif.)  ̶  The world’s human population is growing while it’s resource base declines. This sobering statement drew food industry leaders to gather last week for the Niman Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Short Course education program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. This is the fourth in a series of educational programs hosted by the thought-leader to explore sustainable agriculture and solutions.

The goal of this intensive two day program was to engage industry trailblazers to think about sustainable agriculture and to gain a better understanding of the practices which impact the land, water, air, animal welfare and farmer economics. Attendees left with a deeper knowledge of sustainability and began formulating how their businesses can take steps to improve the land, animal welfare and producer profitability for the future.


The short course is part of Niman Ranch’s ongoing effort to understand the complexity of sustainable agriculture, its current practices and the practices it should implement for the future.  Over the past 18 months, the company has hosted three other programs:

·         August 2011: Sustainability Panel of nine industry experts moderated by Dr. Fred Kirshenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

·         April 2012: Environmental Impact of Grain-Fed versus Grass-Fed Beef presentation at Boise State University by Dr. Judith L. Capper.

·         September 2012: Presentations by Dr. Kraig Peel, Director of the CSU Western Center for Integrated Resource Management, on traditional livestock production and Jon Scholl, Executive Director American Farmland Trust, on the disappearing farmland.

Niman Ranch will host its fifth program in conjunction with the 15th Annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, August 2013.


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About Niman Ranch

Niman Ranch is a network of more than 720 sustainable U.S. family farmers and ranchers who raise livestock traditionally, humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest-tasting proteins. Niman Ranch’s independent family farmers practice the highest standards of animal husbandry and environmental stewardship. Niman Ranch’s fresh, smoked and prepared meats are available at fine restaurants and select grocery stores nationwide.




CSU Press Release final 1-23-13.pdf (326.38 kb)


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