COLUMBUS – The Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) announced its 2021 winners at the organization’s annual banquet and industry celebration held on September 10 in Columbus. This year, two awards recognized individuals who have made significant contributions to the egg, chicken and turkey communities of Ohio.
“This year is especially special for our organization as we have the opportunity to publicly recognize the hard work and accomplishments of the exceptional people who make up the Ohio egg and poultry community,” said Jim Chakeres, vice-president. executive chairman of the OPA. “I am honored to work with such talented people who have worked tirelessly to advance agriculture in Ohio.
The awards and recipients of the OPA Annual Banquet and Industry Celebration included:
Gold Egg Prize: Carl Link
The Golden Egg Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated their commitment to advancing the mission and values of the poultry community. This year’s recipient was Carl Link of Fort Recovery. Link got his start in the poultry industry at a young age. When he was in high school he started working at St. Clair Mills, which later became Cooper Farms, where he worked for over 50 years. During his tenure at Cooper Farms, Link held numerous titles and retired as general manager of production for the company’s southern division in Fort Recovery, where he has since returned to work one day a week. on special projects.
In addition to his leadership at Cooper Farms, Link has served on numerous state and national boards and advisory committees including: the Ohio Turkey Marketing Committee, the Ohio Department of Agriculture Permitting Advisory Board, the Ohio Pork Council and the National Pork Board. .
Meritorious Service Award: Lisa Timmerman
The Meritorious Service Award is presented annually to an individual from academia or related industry who has made a significant contribution to the egg and poultry communities of Ohio. This year, the OPA was pleased to honor Lisa Timmerman of Fort Recovery with this award. For many years, Timmerman was a full member of the Cooper Farms team as the Egg Division Manager and Animal Care Coordinator. In these roles, she oversaw all aspects of hen care and flock management. In 2017, Timmerman joined the Hendrix Genetics team as a key account manager, leveraging his production background to add technical support and strength in the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan areas. . She won the trust of Hendrix laying hen customers and helped increase the efficiency and productivity of their flocks.
A committed and active member of the Ohio poultry and egg farming community, Timmerman is a past president of the Ohio Poultry Association. In addition, she has served nationally on the boards of directors of the United Egg Producers and the American Egg Board.
Ohio’s egg, chicken and turkey farms contribute significantly to the success of the state’s economy. Ohio is one of the top egg producing countries and produces over 10 billion eggs each year with an estimated retail value of $ 523 million. Ohio is also a leader in chicken and turkey production with over 570 million pounds of chicken and 305 million pounds of turkey produced each year. Ohio’s egg, chicken and turkey farms create nearly 16,000 jobs per year, plus an additional 60,000 jobs in the supplier and ancillary industries.