Family Farm to Table
After starting off the morning in Findlay speaking to some local farmers (and enjoying a delicious breakfast) Director Daniels spent the rest of the day with one of the largest family farming operations in the state: Cooper Farms.
Back in 1938, Virgil and Virginia Cooper started the company by raising a flock of 500 turkeys for the holiday season. Today, Cooper Farms is the 12th largest turkey processing company in the country, selling a variety of fully cooked and ready-to-cook turkey, chicken and ham. The company currently employs more than 1,500 people. Through their growth the company has remained a family enterprise, as the business is now run by the Cooper’s children: Jim, Gary and Dianne Cooper.
Cooper Farms is well known for being a vertically integrated company. Their live animal division includes their hatchery in Oakwood and turkey and hog breeding farms in the area. The food processing division has a processing plant in St. Henry and a cooked meats plant in Van Wert, where deli products are made. Cooper Farms is truly a family farm to table operation!