Press Release: ButcherBox and Niman Ranch Launch Digital Storefront

New partnership enables Niman Ranch, for the first time ever, to offer a branded direct to consumer experience for its customers 

WESTMINSTER, CO (June 18, 2019) – Sustainable agriculture trailblazer Niman Ranch and ButcherBox, a leading online meat delivery company, today announced a partnership launching their new digital storefront, www.butcherbox.com/niman/. The partnership enables Niman Ranch customers to purchase products online via a new storefront powered by ButcherBox. Now, Niman Ranch customers will be able to buy two meat bundles online featuring an assortment of chef-inspired meats with the ability to add on additional Niman Ranch products at checkout.

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A Twist on Traditional Toppings Takes Award-Winning Niman Ranch Hot Dogs to the Next Level

From Bahn Mi to Greek-style, experiment with your toppings to elevate the classic hot dog

Move over ketchup and mustard! There are new hot dog toppings in town.

While there is nothing wrong with the classic hot dog, why not try out some new flavor combinations to take the humble hot dog to the next level! Of course, it is important to start with a great base – a Niman Ranch Fearless Frank. These toprated hot dogs—available in all beef or a combination of beef and pork – are made from 100 percent Certified Humane meat raised on small, sustainable farms in the United States with no antibiotics or hormones – ever. Our farmers always treat their livestock with care and you can truly taste the difference. While many hot dog brands use smoke extracts for flavoring, our uncured dogs are slow smoked over smoldering fires of hardwoods in brick ovens. This pit smoking process develops a camp-fire flavor that cannot be replicated.

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Niman Ranch Gets to Know Joey Khalife of Fresh Bites in Tampa Florida

General Manager, Joey Kahalife of Fresh BitesMeet Joey Khalife, the General Manager of Fresh Bites, a family-owned and operated restaurant in Tampa Florida. Joey’s parents, Samir and Anissa Khalife, opened their restaurant in 2012 to provide their community an authentic Lebanese dining experience while only using the highest quality ingredients available, including Niman Ranch. Every meal the Khalife family makes is guaranteed to have the same level of authenticity and flavor as if it were made in their hometown of Jbeil, Lebanon.

Let’s take a moment to learn more about Fresh Bites and this wonderful family.

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Press Release: Solomon’s Fresh Markets Debut Niman Ranch All-Natural Meat to Bahamas Community

Humanely raised pork, beef and lamb from the sustainable agriculture leader are available for purchase at retail locations in the Bahamas for the first time

Niman Ranch at Solomon's Fresh Market in the BahamasWestminster, Colo. (May 8, 2019) – Solomon’s Fresh Markets, the Bahamas’ premier healthy and environmentally friendly grocer, is now proudly offering sustainable and humanely raised beef, pork and lamb from industry-leader Niman Ranch. This new partnership brings Niman Ranch’s Certified Humane products to retail locations in the Bahamas for the first time in the commonwealth’s history.

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Niman Ranch Bucks Troubling Agriculture Trends

Hoop House on Kruse Family Hog Farm in Iowa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the 2017 Farmer Census results and, while there are a few bright spots, overall the trends are troubling. The new data found that:

Farmers are Getting Older

  • The average age of “primary producers” – the main person responsible for the farm—is 59.4 years, up from 58.3 in 2012.
  • For every farmer under 35, there are more than 6 who are over 65.

The Number of Farms and Farmland is Shrinking

  • There are 2.04 million farms and ranches (down 3.2 percent from 2012).
  • The total amount of U.S. land in farms fell 1.6% between 2012 and 2017 to 900,217,576 acres. 175 acres of farmland are developed every hour in the U.S.

Farmers are Facing Financial Challenges

  • 56.4% of farms lost money in 2017 and farmer debt rises with every passing year.
  • Seventy five percent of all agricultural sales are now coming from just five percent of farms.

Thankfully, here at Niman Ranch we are able to tell a different story.

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Q&A With Executive Chef Evan Gastman

Executive Chef Evan GastmanMeet Chef Evan Gastman. Growing up on Long Island, New York and spending the past 20 years living in Florida has inspired everything from his cooking to his outlook on sustainability. He’s the executive chef of four Siesta Key kitchens which include, The Cottage’s seafood-focused global cuisine; The Hub Baja Grill’s tropically inspired beach grub; elegant bar bites at the Beach Club; and, Sarasota inspired surf-and-turf, Summer House.

Let’s take a minute to learn more about this fascinating and culinary mastermind.
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Press Release: Niman Ranch Women in Food Scholarship to Advance Careers of US Farm and Ranching Families

Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation Collaborates with Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and James Beard Foundation Women in Leadership Program to support women culinary careers

MINNEAPOLIS (April 29, 2019) – A new initiative was unveiled at the 2019 Women Chefs and Restaurateurs National Conference to support young women in the culinary arts. Niman Ranch announced a new scholarship opportunity for Niman Ranch farm family children to pursue a career in the culinary arts. The new Women in Food Scholarship program, in collaboration with Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and the James Beard Foundation’s Women Leadership Program, will help support future women chefs and culinary leaders who will make it their priority to champion food produced sustainably and responsibly by independent family farmers in the U.S.

The new Niman Ranch Women in Food scholarship program will provide $5,000 to dedicated and passionate young women to pursue a career in the food and beverage industry. This financial support can be used to support education in the food industry, including, but not limited to, covering living expenses while apprenticing with a chef or butcher, tuition at culinary school, or food service certification. The chosen recipient will also have the opportunity to receive professional mentorship by leaders in the field, through Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and the James Beard Foundation’s Women Leadership Program, both being top organizations advancing women in the culinary industry.

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Press Release: Niman Ranch Offers New Resources to Support Young Farmers, Encourage Sustainable Practices

National Young Farmers Coalition grows its network while helping Niman Ranch farmers succeed

Niman Ranch Alderland FarmNorthglenn, Colo. (April 18, 2019) – This Earth Day, two leaders in the sustainable agriculture movement, Niman Ranch and the National Young Farmers Coalition, will come together to double down on their efforts to bolster their respective young farmer networks. Niman Ranch will be offering free National Young Farmers Coalition membership to its more than 740 family farmers to provide education, mentorship and support to the next generation of sustainable farmers. This announcement comes on the heels of new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which showed that while the number of young farmers increased by 2% between 2012 and 2017, the number of farmers over 65 increased by 11%. Niman Ranch farmers average 47 years of age.

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Generosity Abounds at Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation Fundraiser at Chef Todd’s Seventh & Dolores in Carmel, CA

My name is Josie Hamilton and I grew up on a ranch in Northern California. This past August, I was the recipient of a Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship, which helped support my studies in Agribusiness at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I grew up in a small town called Rio Vista, CA and I am the fifth generation to live on my family’s farm. We raise cattle and sheep and dryland farm (non-irrigated cultivation of crops). My family partnered with Niman Ranch in 1996 and has been raising lambs for the company ever since.

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Niman Ranch Responds to Historic Midwest Floods

By: Chris Oliviero, Niman Ranch General Manager

Midwest Floods
Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Jamie Titus

As you have likely seen in the news, historic flooding throughout the Midwest has tragically caused multiple deaths, billions of dollars of damage, and washed away homes, businesses and roads. Farmers and ranchers are being hit hard with flooded farm buildings and equipment, submerged fields and stranded livestock. I saw the aftermath myself while traveling in Nebraska two weeks ago and agree with Governor Pete Ricketts’ description of “unbelievable devastation.” Unfortunately, local residents are bracing for more flooding as spring rain continues and snow pack melts with warming days.

Many of Niman Ranch’s farmers are in this path of destruction. It’s been a tough winter already with record breaking cold snaps and so much snow that many farmers ran out of space to put it. While most of our farmers have gotten through the recent bouts of flooding relatively unscathed, we can’t say that is the case for all. Here is just one story featured in the Washington Post from a Niman Ranch farmer, Kyle Tubbs, whose farm was directly hit by the floods.

Kyle Tubbs in Craig, Mo., about 90 miles north of Kansas City, hauled all 400 of his hogs to higher elevations on Saturday afternoon, losing only one animal in the transition. The only building on his farm not underwater is his house, which he raised nine feet after the floods of 2010 and 2011. Tubbs is four days into this flood, the third in 10 years, and he said it’s far from over.

“There’s such a volume of water up in the Dakotas, we’ll be battling this all summer. Our rivers are managed so terribly.”

He’s reduced to using his boat for transport. When he looks out to the south, all he can see is water.

“I’m on the only oceanfront property in Missouri.”

While we usually focus on sunnier days on the farm, I thought it was important to share this story with our friends, partners and customers so folks can better understand the situation many farmers are currently facing. Farming is a challenging line of work with significant risk.

It’s an unfortunate fact that far too many in our country take the food on their dinner table for granted. In light of the news, we’ere especially thankful for our food and the people who produce it. We value their work today and everyday.

A farmer’s life will never be easy. But we remain hopeful. Farming communities are resilient, rallying to support each other and their neighbors to help everyone get back on their feet and on their land. We are staying in close communication with our farmers and keeping an eye on the weather. We will help impacted communities in any way we can – starting with donations of Niman Ranch products to families in need.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for supporting the Niman Ranch family of small, independent farmers and ranchers.

Please hold the Niman Ranch community and others in the Midwest in your thoughts and, if you are able to do so, consider making a donation to support those most hurt by this natural disaster.