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John Harris John Harris
CEO & Owner
Harris Farms

Harris Farms, Inc. was founded by John Harris’ parents, Jack and Teresa in 1937. At that time, it was largely a dryland row-crop, cereal-grains, and cattle-grazing operation. In the next 8 decades, its farming, ranching, processing, and hospitality operations expanded to several thousand acres. Upon taking on the role of overseeing the family business, John Harris purchased and revitalized a nearby packing plant (to have a place to send his market-ready cattle) and expanded his feedyard. Over the years, Harris Ranch has pioneered several innovations in the beef industry, including creating one of the first branded beef programs in 1982, launching a line of fresh and frozen ground beef products in 1995 and pioneering the development of heat-and-serve beef entrees in 2000. Harris Farms sold its beef operations to Central Valley Meat Co. in April 2019.


Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2019