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Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Ag is Cool! | 0 comments

Family Farm to Table

Family Farm to Table

Director in Findlay

Director speaking at the Farmers Share breakfast.

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 hatches more than 300,000 turkeys every week at its Paulding County hatcheries. This incubator holds 9792 eggs!

Cooper Farms hatches more than 300,000 turkeys every week at its Paulding County hatcheries. This incubator holds 9792 eggs!

 

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!

 

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