August 5 - September 11

Hog Farmer 

Appreciation Celebration

About Niman Ranch


Niman Ranch and its network of U.S. family farmers and ranchers raise livestock humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest tasting meat in the world. 

Support Family

Farmers and Ranchers

We are a community of small, independent U.S. family farmers and ranchers – 750 and growing.

Practice Sustainable Agriculture

To us, sustainability is preserving the land, its resources and the livelihood of independent family farmers.

Humane Animal Care

We are dedicated to raising all of our livestock to the highest animal welfare standards.

About the Hog Farmer Appreciation Celebration

For the past 21 years, we have hosted a Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner in Iowa to celebrate the Niman Ranch community of independent U.S. family farmers.


This annual event is a special gathering that provides the unique opportunity for the Niman Ranch community, from farm to table, to meet in person, shake hands and get to know each other as individuals. The Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner started simply but has grown over the years to a larger event spanning many days and featuring educational panel discussions, farm tours, farmer awards, scholarship announcements and an unforgettable meal prepared by some of the country’s most celebrated chefs.

While COVID-19 has made it unsafe for the Niman Ranch community to gather together in person, it's important to us that we continue the annual celebration and hold our Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner. The format may be different but our traditions will remain the same. 

Join us this year for a series of special virtual events and celebrations honoring our independent family farmers.



22nd Annual Niman Ranch

Hog Farmer Appreciation Celebration Events

Beginning this August, we'll be offering virtual LIVE Education Sessions and Culinary Experiences.  View our events calendar below and reserve your spot today. 

Education Sessions

  • Keynote | Dr. Temple Grandin
  • Farmer Panel: Farm Resilience
  • Panel: Resilience vs. Efficiency



Culinary Experiences

  • Virtual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Featured Events

Hog Farmer Appreciation Celebration

August 5 to September 11, 2020

  • Education Session:

    Resilence vs. Efficiency

    Featuring celebrated author Michael Pollan in conversation with Tanka Bar CEO Dawn Sherman and Niman Ranch Founding Hog Farmer Paul Willis.

  • Keynote

    Dr. Temple Grandin

    Celebrate Niman Ranch hog farmers and the sustainable agriculture community with a keynote talk from renowned animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin. 

  • Virtual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

    Join Chef Thomas Keller for a virtual culinary experience, with all proceeds supporting the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation.

  • Live Hog

    Farm Tour

    Enjoy a virtual tour of a hog farm to meet our farmers and see the care and commitment that goes into raising animals the Niman Ranch way. 


Support Young Farmers

Buy raffle tickets for your chance to win a selection of prizes including a vintage Corvette! All proceeds benefit the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation, which provides scholarships to young farmers and future sustainable agriculture leaders.

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