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Chicken Farmers of Ontario introduces five New Entrant chicken farming families

MISSISSAUGA, ON – March 5, 2019 – Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO), announced that the Board has approved five new applicant families for the CFO New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program. The announcement was made during an induction ceremony at the CFO Annual General Meeting on March 4, 2019.  
The New Entrants are:
  • Ryan and Randilyn Anderson, District 3
  • Carson Baks, District 1
  • Eamon and Janelle Johnston, District 3
  • Will and Tara MacArthur, District 9, and
  • Brian and Jessie Szmiett, District 3
The program finalists come from a wide variety of farming backgrounds and were selected following an extensive application review by a panel of financial and farming experts. 
The New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program supports qualified new farmers in joining the chicken industry by providing education, training and mentorship to guide a successful transition for new businesses. Since 2012, CFO has welcomed twenty-four new chicken farming families through the program. 
CLICK HERE for more information on the CFO New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program.