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
    Keynote | Dr. Temple Grandin
    Sep 10, 2020, 8:30 PM – 9:15 PM CST
    Join us for special keynote remarks from renowned animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin on how we build a more resilient food system.
  • Farmer Panel: Farm Resilience
    Farmer Panel: Farm Resilience
    Sep 10, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
    Hear from a panel of Niman Ranch farmers about their challenges, what eaters can do to support independent family farmers and what gives them hope for the future of agriculture. Speakers: David Borrowman, Ron Mardesen, Lesly Christensen, Joel Gindo, Delaney Howell-Ag News Daily
  • Panel: Resilience vs. Efficiency
    Panel: Resilience vs. Efficiency
    Sep 08, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM CST
    Featuring celebrated author Michael Pollan in conversation with Dawn Sherman (Tanka Bar), Paul Willis (Niman Ranch), and Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank).The panel will examine how we can achieve a more resilient system that is better for our health, communities, animals, and food+agriculture sector.



Culinary Experiences

  • Virtual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner
    Virtual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner
    Sep 10, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM CST
    This year, we are inviting YOU to a virtual cooking class taught by seven-Michelin award winner and farmer advocate Chef Thomas Keller. All proceeds benefit young farmers through the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation. Registration closes 08/31 5:00 pm CST.

Featured Events

Hog Farmer Appreciation Celebration

August 5 to September 11, 2020