Chief Operating Officer, Cooper Farms
Gary Cooper is the chief operating officer of Cooper Farms. Cooper joined the family operation in 1974, after attending Bowling Green State University. He is familiar with all aspects of the company and assumed operational control, along with his brother James, upon the retirement of his father in 1980. Cooper Farms is a model of modern, efficient family-owned production agriculture as a producer of hogs, turkeys and eggs. Founded in 1938 by Gary’s parents, Virgil and Virginia, in Oakwood, Ohio, Cooper Farms is a vertically integrated turkey operation, controlling their product from egg to market. They raise and process over 210 million live pounds of turkey each year. Cooper Farms also raises and markets over 148 million live pounds of hogs and produces over 74 million dozen table eggs each year. Today, Cooper Farms is the largest turkey producer in Ohio and 12th largest in the U.S. Cooper Farms now owns and operates four divisions located in northwest and west central, Ohio: a Hatchery Division, Feed and Animal Division, Processing Division and Cooked Meats Division. Since Gary’s start with Cooper Farms in 1974, they have grown from 35 to more than 1,700 team members today. Gary is a past-president of the Ohio Poultry Association and serves on the Legislative Committee for the National Pork Producers Council. He serves as past-chairman of the National Turkey Federation and is also a past board member of U.S. Poultry and Egg, the American Feed Industry Association, the Midwest Poultry Consortium and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.