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Friday, May 23, 2014

Egg Farmers of Alberta accepting new entrant program applications

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

The Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) are now accepting applications under the New Entrant Program (NEP) giving individuals the chance to become Alberta’s newest egg farmer. 

“We are very excited about our new entrant program, and wish all would-be egg farmers the best of luck. This is an exceptional industry and we look forward to welcoming the successful candidates as new egg farmers,” says Susan Schafers, chairman, EFA board of directors

The New Entrant Program was established in order to assist individuals and families who want to own and operate an egg farm in Alberta, by alleviating some of the producer’s start-up costs. NEP quota will be issued at no cost to the successful applicant(s).

To be eligible for EFA’s NEP, the following criteria must be met:
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • be a permanent resident of Alberta
  • not be a current or past quota holder
All applications will be reviewed for eligibility and evaluated by a selection committee.

Quotas will be issued in lots of up to 1,500 birds. If the total number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of lots available, a draw will be held to determine the NEP allotment.

To apply, interested parties must complete and submit a New Entrant Plan application form to the EFA board of directors, along with a comprehensive business plan and a $1,000 fee.

NEP information packages are available online at www.eggs.ab.ca/nep. Applicants can submit their application form, business plan and fee via mail, or in person at the EFA office. Applications will be accepted until June 27, 2014.

Related link: Alberta.ca

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