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Premier Ford & Minister Hardeman show strong support for Ontario’s chicken industry

Provincial representatives attend Chicken Farmers of Ontario Annual General Meeting
MISSISSAUGA, ON – March 5, 2019 – Premier Doug Ford, and the Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs attended a series of breakfast meetings held in conjunction with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s (CFO) Annual General Meeting on Monday. The Premier and Minister were also joined by Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville, and Jim Clark, Chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.
The provincial representatives met with CFO’s Board of Directors and attended a morning Women in Leadership networking session to meet and answer questions from women chicken farmers from across Ontario.
“We are very pleased that Premier Ford and Minister Hardeman were able to take the time to meet with chicken farmers and show their support for Ontario’s chicken industry,” said Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “We appreciate the ongoing dialogue and willingness of the provincial government to work with us in continuing to build a strong, growing and sustainable chicken industry that provides quality, safe, nutritious, locally-grown chicken for Ontario consumers.”
Premier Ford and Minister Hardeman also addressed the over 400 farmer-members, industry allies, and government partners attending the AGM, through video messages. The provincial representatives expressed support for growing the agriculture and agri-food sector, as well as commended chicken farmers and industry leaders for investing in new barns and processing capacity.
“Ontario’s chicken industry contributed $3.7 billion to the Ontario economy and supported 22,000 jobs in 2018. The industry is made stronger by the province and Premier’s ongoing support for supply management,” said Rob Dougans, President and CEO of Chicken Farmers of Ontario, “Supply management keeps Ontario family chicken farms – open for business.”