What is the young farmer’s program?
The goal of Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Young Farmers Program is to bring together young farmers from across the country to learn about how the Canadian chicken industry works, and to share their experiences and knowledge, as well as to identify new leaders.
Every year, five young farmers will be selected to partake in the 18-month program. We will have a representative distribution of candidates from across the country – one representative from the Atlantic Provinces, one from Ontario, one from Quebec and two from the Western provinces. Young chicken farmers from farms across the country will gain valuable experience to bolster their entry into the chicken industry, and reinforce the timeless values that are the backbone of rural Canada. The Program will give young farmers the tools and training to continue growing in the industry, with the long-term goal of having them play a larger role in promoting chicken farming in Canada.
Are you eligible to apply?
The ideal candidates:
- Should be between the ages of 18-40 (highly recommended, but not required)
- Must be in good standing with the Provincial Board and be in compliance with all orders, regulations and rules of the Provincial Board and of Chicken Farmers of Canada
- Should have some experience with community involvement
- Must demonstrate a willingness to learn and participate fully
- Must have, or be willing to develop a social media presence
- Each participant will be required to agree to and sign various forms, such as a Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Undertaking, similar to the one signed by members of the CFC Board
What does it entail?
The program is an 18-month commitment with interactive meetings, training and events. When applying for the program, please keep in mind that you will need to be available for the following events (some dates to be confirmed):
- Attend the kick off meeting at the Canadian Young Farmers Forum annual conference from March 6-8, 2020, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Attend the Communications and Media Training session in early April 2020, in Ottawa, Ontario (date to be confirmed)
- Attend our annual Lobby Day and Board of Directors meeting June 1-3 2020, in Ottawa, Ontario (date to be confirmed)
- Attend the Chicken Farmers of Canada Annual Summer Meeting July 26-29 2020, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Attend the wrap up conference call in Fall 2020 to review the program (date to be confirmed)
- Attend the Canadian Young Farmers Forum in February/March 2021 to welcome the group of new candidates (date and location to be confirmed)
- Attend the 2021 CFC Annual General Meeting March 23-25, in Ottawa, Ontario
- Attend the 2021 Communications and Media Training session as mentors in April 2021, in Ottawa, Ontario, (date to be confirmed)
- Attend a wrap-up meeting, our annual Lobby Day and Board meetings May 4-6 2021, at the CFC office (date to be confirmed).
Please note: Failure to attend two or more of these meetings will result in a revaluation of your participation in the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Young Farmer’s Program. Some dates subject to change.
How do I apply?
The application process is simple! Simply fill out the form below and make sure to provide the following:
- If you hold quota: Please provide us with your quota number issued on behalf of Chicken Farmers of Canada by the Provincial Board, in the province where their registered production facilities are located.
- If you do not hold quota: But work on your family farm or are an eligible producer in Newfoundland and Labrador, please provide us with a letter of recommendation from the quota holder. If you are working on the family farm, the letter of recommendation must contain an outline of the succession plan with a clear path to ownership, as well as years served on the farm, duties performed, etc. If you are a producer in Newfoundland and Labrador, the quota holder (processor) or licensee (farmer) could write the letter of recommendation.
You must submit one (1) of the following items
- 1000 Word Essay
- 1 Minute Video
- 1 Minute Soundbite
A 1,000 word essay, a 1 minute video or a 1 minute soundbite explaining why you would like to be a part of the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Young Farmers Program, why you are an ideal candidate and what you would like to get out of this program.
Please note: Provincial Boards are responsible for selecting their candidate for consideration. Should you have any questions regarding the status of your application, please contact your Provincial Board.
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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Young Farmers Program, please contact Aline Porrior at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact your Provincial Board.