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CFO announces significant increase in its New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program

BURLINGTON, ON - Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) continues to roll out its portfolio of new and enhanced programs to grow the chicken industry in Ontario and make it more accessible to new farmers looking to enter the industry for the first time.

The popular New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program, which is now in its fourth year, is being significantly expanded from its current annual recruitment of two new qualified family-farmers each year (or 20,000 units of quota per annum) to five new family-farmers (50,000 units of quota per annum). 

Since the Program’s inception in 2011, the Board has welcomed six young farming families into the industry to help provide safe, high quality, locally grown chicken to Ontario consumers.

“Our goal is to ensure that new farmers are welcomed into the Ontario chicken industry,” said Henry Zantingh, Chair of CFO.  “The success of the program in attracting applications from so many qualified men and women in farming convinced us that the program should be expanded even further.”

“The program enhancements being announced today will ensure that the ongoing need for opportunities for young farmers continues to be addressed and that these farmers have a full range of avenues of entry into the Ontario chicken industry,” said Rob Dougans, President and CEO of CFO.

CLICK HERE for detailed information on the New Entrant Program. 

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