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Inaugural Industry Tour a Success

Participants engage with chicken industry value chain stakeholders

BURLINGTON, ON – September 23, 2019 – Twenty-eight women chicken farmers took part in a day-long chicken industry value chain educational tour. The tour included stops at Trillium Hatchery in Stratford, ON and Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd., in Wallenstein, ON.

From new entrants, to those that have been chicken farming for decades, participants found the tour to be informative and encouraging for business, professional, and personal growth.

The industry tour was a community engagement activity organized through the Women in Leadership initiative; a program that encourages female chicken farmers to plan and participate in activities in communities across the province.

“I’m so pleased to see the CFO Women in Leadership initiative expand and innovate,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair, Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “Getting out in the community, building relationships and networking with fellow farmers and industry stakeholders was a real part of the vision when this initiative launched back in 2016.”

“The CFO Women in Leadership initiative provides opportunities to network, share knowledge and collaborate, helping to further share a culture where everyone in CFO feels empowered, supported, and equipped to succeed,” stated Rob Dougans, President & CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario. “Female farmer-members make up close to 50% of our membership. Our over 1,300 chicken farms across the province are family-owned and family-run businesses.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Women in Leadership initiative.

CFO looks forward to the upcoming Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference, and invites conference registrants to join us for CFO’s Women in Leadership Breakfast, prior to the beginning of the conference. This initiative is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with other leaders in the chicken industry.

Women in Leadership Community Engagement Activities:

The CFO Board continues its commitment to CFO’s Women in Leadership Initiative by encouraging female farmer-members, who are interested in this initiative, to plan and participate in related activities in their community. Funding is available to support the development and participation of activities across each District. CLICK HERE to learn more and get involved today!