Now in its sixth year, the New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program continues to help qualified new farmers enter the growing chicken business. Since the program’s inception, CFO has welcomed fourteen family-run chicken farms into the industry. The CFO Board initially accepted two new entrants each year when the program was in its infancy. As the chicken industry continued to succeed, the Board recognized areas for growth and expanding market opportunities – as a result, as many as four families were accepted into the program in 2016.
New farmers accepted into the program will benefit from the wide range of support services offered by CFO, including educational resources, on-farm training and other assistance to ensure that new farmers can make a successful transition into the industry.
This year, all applications and business plans must be submitted digitally.