OAKWOOD – Gary Cooper, COO of Cooper Farms, was recently elected as the chairman of the National Turkey Federation at the organization’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.
As chairman, Cooper will lead the NTF 2014 Executive Committee in their mission to strengthen the turkey industry and raise awareness about turkey farming.
“I am honored to be representing the turkey industry as the newly elected chairman of the National Turkey Federation,” said Cooper. “Our NTF staff is located near Capitol Hill in DC. They are very committed to and concerned about providing the best service to all members of our turkey industry. I intend to work with them closely to continually increase the positive offerings the NTF has to enhance each turkey company in the USA.”
Cooper spoke at the NTF Annual Banquet to an audience of more than 350 after becoming chairman, including many Cooper Farms team members and Cooper family members. He spoke about Cooper Farms’ 75-year history and his vision for the future of the turkey industry in the coming years.
“I am very passionate about progressing and expanding the entire turkey industry over the next year and beyond,” said Cooper. “Our American turkey industry only has about 25 turkey companies supplying the entire country its supply of great tasting and good for you turkey products. While we are a small group, we are very committed to high quality turkey, progressively better food safety, continued excellent animal care, sustainable environmental programs and proactive approaches towards efficient operations.”
Cooper, as NTF chairman, will also have the honor of raising the turkeys which will be taken to the White House and pardoned by the President just days before Thanksgiving. This is a long-standing tradition in which Cooper’s brother, Jim Cooper, participated in 1998.