Alameda, California (EastBayDaily) — Niman Ranch and American Farmland Trust announce a collaboration toward a common mission- saving America’s farm and ranch land. As farmland disappears at a rapid rate and family farmers grapple with drought and other challenges related to the changing climate, the organizations have agreed to leverage resources to increase awareness of the loss of farmland, our greatest natural resource.
Roughly 90 percent of farms in the United States are small family farms, managing 63 percent of farmland. With more than half of America’s farmland under their control, helping small farms grow and succeed is vital to keeping farmland in farming and farmers on the land. By working together both organizations can reach a larger audience and raise the visibility of the issues facing farmers across the nation.
“Working with U.S. family farmers is one of Niman Ranch’s founding principles," says Jeff Tripician, Niman Ranch executive vice president. “It is imperative that we take steps to help farmers stay on the land and by working with American Farmland Trust we can make this happen.”
“Part of our mission is to protect farmland and to help farmers and ranchers stay in agriculture,” said Jon Scholl president of American Farmland Trust. “It is critical for farmers to have the ability to make a living from their land; companies like Niman Ranch provide family farmers with this opportunity.”
Both organizations hope this collaboration will increase opportunity for U.S. family farmers. To kick off the partnership, Mr. Scholl will speak at the 14th Annual Niman Ranch Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner in September.
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 in the world. 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.
About American Farmland Trust American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more. AFT’s national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit http://www.farmland.org.