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Alameda’s Niman Ranch Awards $36,000 in Scholarships

Jeff Swain, Niman Ranch CEO and Kyle Larsen, Next Generation Scholarship recipient. (Photo: Business Wire)

Last weekend, Niman Ranch held its 14th Annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, to celebrate its stable of more than 550 U.S. family hog farmers and award college scholarships from its Next Generation Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established in 2006 to support children in rural communities who want to go to college and pursue an education focusing on sustainable environmental practices and then return to the family farm after graduation.

The company says that since 2006, more than $140,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 74 students.

This year, Niman Ranch provided 18 deserving students scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each.

“We understand that the state of sustainable agriculture relies on the next generation of young farmers,” said Niman Ranch founding hog farmer Paul Willis. “The goal of this scholarship is to provide these students with the means to pursue a higher education and encourage them to apply their newfound knowledge to bettering their land management practices on their family farms.”

Additionally, at the dinner, 11 farmers were honored for superior hog production, and 26 farmers were recognized for 10 years of raising hogs for Niman Ranch.

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