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Helping Qualified New Farmers Enter the Growing Chicken Business

BURLINGTON, ON – July 15, 2022 – Applications are now open for CFO’s New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program, which continues to help qualified new farmers enter the growing chicken business. The deadline to apply is October 28, 2022.

“The Ontario chicken industry is strong, vibrant, and continues to grow,” said Murray Opsteen, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “CFO continues to provide a variety of opportunities for farm families looking to enter Ontario’s chicken industry, including through the CFO New Entrant Chicken Farmer program.”

Since the program began in 2012, thirty-four farm families have joined the industry through the New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program. New farmers accepted into the program benefit from a wide range of support services, including educational resources and an on-farm orientation program. New Entrant farmers also benefit from a fifteen-year period involving quota holdings, all in support of the successful transition into Ontario’s chicken farming business.

“The New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program is designed to guide a successful transition into the chicken industry for successful applicants,” said Denise Hockaday, CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “CFO looks forward to welcoming new farm-families into the growing chicken industry.”

This year, CFO is hosting a virtual information session on the New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program to further encourage those who are interested to apply. The virtual information session will be hosted on July 26, 2022, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

CLICK HERE for more information and to apply to CFO’s New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program.

About CFO: 

Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) represents more than 1,300 family run farms that collectively ensure Ontario consumers enjoy a reliable supply of safe, healthy, high quality, Ontario-grown chicken. The Ontario chicken industry is an important contributor to the economic health of the province. The industry is supported by an extensive value chain including Ontario chicken farms, Ontario corn and soybean growers, chick hatcheries, and chicken processors that collectively contribute more than $4.2 billion annually to the Ontario economy and support more than 22,000 full-time local jobs.

Chicken Farmers of Ontario provides innovative and entrepreneurial leadership to the supply management system that matches domestic production to domestic consumer demand. The system helps ensure that Canadians have access to a stable supply of high quality locally grown chicken at a fair price.

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Kathryn Goodish
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