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Miller Livestock Co., Inc. Receives Prestigious Sustainability Certification

KINSMAN, OH February 27, 2012 - Food Alliance, a nonprofit offering comprehensive, third-party certification for sustainable agricultural and food handling practices, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), recently announced the certification of Miller Livestock Co., Inc.

Located on 140 acres in northern Trumbull County, OH, Miller Livestock (http://millergrassfed.com/) has been owned and operated by Aaron & Melissa Miller since 1986.  The Millers are committed to being good environmental stewards, and have raised pastured livestock since 1999 including pork, lamb, poultry and beef.

Miller Livestock is the first farm in Ohio to achieve the esteemed Food Alliance certification, and is only the 10th farm in the Mid-Atlantic region to receive the certification.  Through an independent inspection and audit, their entire operation met rigorous criteria for social and environmental responsibility.  All of the pork and lamb raised by the Millers will now bear the Food Alliance Certified seal.

Food Alliance certification standards for farm and facility operations address a range of social and environmental issues including safe and fair working conditions, humane animal treatment and careful stewardship of natural resources. The certification requires continual improvement in social and environmental management practices.

The Millers sought certification to validate their sustainability practices and address increasing consumer concerns with how food is produced.  The Millers credit foodservice provider Bon Appétit Management Company (BAMCO) for leading them to Food Alliance certification.  BAMCO is an onsite restaurant company that provides café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities and specialty venues.  BAMCO recently announced it will purchase pork, liquid eggs and veal only from producers who follow more humane animal agricultural practices, as verified by independent, third-party-certified labels such as Food Alliance.

At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, half of the pork raised by the Millers is purchased by Bon Appétit. “They really pushed us to take it to the next level,” says Melissa. “We would not have pursued it without their support.  They even offered to reimburse us for the fees.  We are thrilled to be the first Food Alliance Certified farm in Ohio!”

"We congratulate the Millers for being first in Ohio, and for their sincere commitment to sustainable agriculture," said Food Alliance's Executive Director, Scott Exo.  "And we applaud Bon Appétit and other companies who seek out and reward farmers like the Millers with their business.”

PASA Executive Director Brian Snyder said, “This certification gives farmers in the region a new tool to differentiate their products in the retail or food service setting, and gives food buyers a better means to distinguish marketing hype from the reality of on-farm production practices.  We are delighted the Millers have joined the growing group of forward thinking farmers.”

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Contact:
Megan Epler, Business Outreach Coordinator
megan@pasafarming.org
(814) 574-9077

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