Chicken Farmers Of Canada

Presents

Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Young Farmers Program 2023-2024 Application

What is the Young Farmer’s Program?

The Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Young Farmer Program is a professional development program that teaches young leaders in the chicken sector about governance, succession planning and personal branding, while also getting to network with key agriculture and government stakeholders. It also helps young farmers better understand the sector and gives them the tools to succeed. Every year, five young farmers will be selected to participate in the 18-month program. We will have a distribution of candidates from across the country:

  • One representative from the Atlantic Provinces
  • One from Ontario
  • One from Quebec
  • Two from the Western provinces.

Young chicken farmers selected for this program will gain valuable experience by meeting other emerging leaders within the sector. Participants will also get to share their knowledge with policy makers and stakeholders within the agriculture sector. 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 governing and promoting chicken farming in Canada.

Deadline to apply is November 18th, 2022


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
  • Applicants do not need to hold quota in order to apply; however, if they do not hold quota, they must include a reference letter from a quota holder. The reference letter from the quota holder must address a series of provided questions.

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 and events subject to change)*

  • Attend the kick off meeting at the Canadian Young Farmers Forum annual conference in late winter (TBD 2023)
  • Attend an orientation session in early spring (included is a Communications and Media Training in Ottawa, Ontario (TBD, 2023)
  • Attend annual Lobby Day and Board of Directors meeting in Ottawa, Ontario (May 2023)
  • Attend the Chicken Farmers of Canada Annual Summer Meeting in Montreal, Quebec (August 14-16 2023)
  • Swimming Canada Activation (TBD)
  • Attend Chicken Farmers of Canada Annual General Meeting and the Joint Annual Reception in Ottawa, Ontario (March 2024)
  • Attend a wrap up meeting and Lobby Day and welcome the new cohort in Ottawa, Ontario (May 2024)

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.  


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, 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
A 1,000 word essay, or a 1 minute video 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.

Application Form

*Indicates required fields

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Young Farmers Program, please contact Erin Callary at youngfarmers@chicken.ca or you can contact your Provincial Board.

Deadline is November 18, 2022.


Testimonials

“The CFC Young Farmers Program has not only been an opportunity to learn about the overall sector and how it all works beyond the barn yard, but has also given me the chance to meet many other producers from across Canada and CFC staff members who I’ve been able to form relationships with which I will carry with me for years to come. The program has been a stepping stone to becoming more involved within the industry and has given me the surety in myself to accept a position with my provincial chicken marketing board, of which I now serve as a director, and participate in more roles within the sector. My confidence in myself has grown so much thanks to this program and I will forever be thankful for being given the opportunity to participate at the point in my life when I can use these skills in real time and carry them with me throughout my career in the chicken sector.”

– Amy Vanderheide, Young Farmer, Nova Scotia