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Chicken Farmers of Ontario continues discussion on recent trade negotiations

BURLINGTON, ON – January 22, 2019 – Last week, representatives from Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) met with the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and other FarmGate 5 industry stakeholders, to discuss the impacts of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) and other trade agreements.
 
“CFO appreciates the opportunity to continue these discussions with Minister Hardeman. It is important government officials at both Federal and Provincial levels understand the impacts of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), as well as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on our farmer-members. Both agreements resulted in changes for our sector,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario.
 
CFO is also participating in a Federal government-led working group made up of stakeholders from poultry and egg sectors. The working group was announced in the fall by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and is discussing impacts of these trade agreements.
 
“Our farm families that receive unsubsidized fair farm prices under Canada’s supply management system are looking for commitment to strategies that fairly support farmers and maintain our successful supply managed systems,” said Rob Dougans, President and CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “CFO thanks both the Federal and Provincial government for the ongoing commitment to supply management and will continue to collaborate to ensure Ontario’s chicken industry remains strong, stable, and growing.”
 
CFO represents more than 1,300 family-run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality, premium Ontario-grown chicken.