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Celebrating our growing agri-food industry – 1st generation farmer chooses chicken

January 20, 2017 - Jonathan Giret, successful applicant of the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program and first-time farmer, hosted fellow Ontario chicken farmers and industry partners at his new barn open house in West Lorne, Ontario this week.

Giret was looking to enter the Ontario chicken business and saw great opportunity in the program. “The New Entrant Program was an innovative foot in the door to chicken farming. As a new farmer, I was looking for support and investment opportunities, and the program has delivered just that,” said Giret at his new farm in District 3 which will move into production in coming weeks.

Now in its fifth year, the program continues to help qualified new farmers enter the growing chicken business. Since the program’s inception, CFO has welcomed ten family-run chicken farms into the industry. The CFO Board initially accepted two new entrants each year when the program was in its infancy. As the chicken industry continued to succeed, the Board recognized areas for growth and expanding market opportunities – as a result, as many as four families were accepted into the program in 2015.

New farmers accepted into the program benefit from the wide range of support services offered by CFO, including educational resources, on-farm training and other assistance to ensure that new farmers can make a successful transition into the industry.

The Board will be announcing more successful applicants from the 2016 program year at the CFO Annual General Meeting on March 6, 2017.

CFO is now accepting applications for the 2017 program year. For more information on the CFO New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program, CLICK HERE.

Pictured: Johnathan Giret, 2015 New Entrant Chicken Farmer at his new barn in West Lorne, ON.