Conscientous livestock producer, Niman Ranch, started out in Marin County, north of San Francisco, and now twenty years later is a luxury meat brand with producers in several states including Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. The brand now has a following among top-tier chefs and discriminating consumers nationwide. Even Chipotle, the gourmet burrito chain with McDonalds backing, is in on it. They serve Niman Ranch shredded pork and I can attest it is delicious.
Dennis Olson of Alexis, IL raises 700 hogs a year and has been a Niman Rancher since 1999.