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Premier Honours New CFO Program through Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Award

ST. CATHARINES - November 25, 2016 – Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) is honoured to be the recipient of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, awarded for the new CFO Connects program that has transformed the way the chicken industry does business. Today, Henry Zantingh, Chair of CFO, was on-site to accept this award on behalf of the province’s 1,200 chicken farmers who are now operating their businesses using best-in-class digital technology made possible through CFO Connects.

The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes and celebrates the agri-food producers, processors, organizations and rural communities, who through their innovative ideas and projects are helping strengthen communities, support sustainable environments, create jobs and boost the Ontario economy.

In 2015-2016, CFO fundamentally transformed the way Ontario’s chicken industry operates in the 21st century with the successful implementation of the new digital business platform, CFO Connects. This ground-breaking innovation represents the first time in Canada that a major agricultural sector has connected its entire supply chain digitally – including Ontario’s more than 1,200 chicken farmers, 16 processors, three hatcheries, and 19 poultry transporters.

“We are honoured and proud of the recognition received by the Premier for our achievements with enhancing quality and productivity, improving customer service, stimulating innovation and supporting risk management through the implementation of CFO Connects,” said Henry Zantingh, Chair, CFO.

“Chicken Farmers of Ontario is very pleased with the success of CFO Connects and looks forward to continue working with farmers and other industry stakeholders to simply and easily conduct a full range of business transactions that will continue to move our industry forward," said Rob Dougans, President and CEO, CFO.

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Pictured L-R: Jim Bradley, MPP, St. Catharines, Henry Zantingh, Chair, CFO

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