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Chicken Farmers of Ontario
- August 05, 2015

Program Announcement: Chicken Farmers of Ontario – New Programs, Artisanal Production:

Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) has announced that it is launching a portfolio of new and revised programs that will meet the needs of Ontario consumers while creating new opportunities for farmers and processors.

The new programs - which were developed following extensive public and industry consultations - will use a portion of the future growth in Ontario’s production allocation to facilitate new business opportunities.

The Artisanal Chicken Program allows farmers to grow between 600 and 3,000 birds annually for commercial market purposes. It will appeal to smaller independent, family farmers who wish to raise chickens on a smaller commercial scale and sell to selected local markets. For example, a farmer that wished to provide specially grown or processed chicken to support the defined needs of a local restaurant or a local farmers market might choose to join this program. This is an application based program requiring a production licence from CFO (available from the Chicken Farmers of Ontario website).

The application for the artisanal production is online and applications are open until Friday, September 4th.

Application process and forms can be accessed through Chicken Farmers of Ontario main program page

The direct link to forms (which also specifies time lines) is

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Ministère de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et des affaires rurales

Caldwell Township Building, Hwy. 64, P.O. Box 521
Verner, ON  P0H 2M0
Phone: 705-594-2313
Fax: 705-594-9675