COLUMBUS — The Ohio Poultry Association recently announced its annual award recipients, including individuals and groups from northwest Ohio.
The Golden Egg Award was given to Jim Cooper, CEO of Cooper Farms in Van Wert. The family farm is the largest turkey farm in Ohio, and the 12th largest in the nation. Under his leadership, Cooper Farms has implemented new technologies that have helped shape industry standards. Cooper currently employs more than 2,200 people, and he works with more than 300 family farms for turkey, swine and layer operations.
Stoller Farms, also of Van Wert, earned the Legacy Award. Stoller Farms was recognized for “consistently ensuring the highest level of animal care through its four generations of leadership,” according to a press release. Stoller Farms is also recognized as a leading standard-bearer on environmental issues, and demonstrates a “strong commitment to protecting the air, water and land.”