Egg Farmers of Alberta seeks candidates for new entrant program offering free quota

Applications are open for new farmers interested in getting into the Alberta egg business.

Egg Farmers of Alberta are accepting new entrant program applications from May 1 to June 25. Last year, seven new farmers were accepted, said a news release from the egg farmers.

The new entrant program issues bird quota at no cost to individuals and families who want to own and operate an egg farm in Alberta.

Whenever new quota is allocated, Egg Farmers of Alberta will set aside 10 percent of each allocation for the new entrant program quota pool. During this period, quota 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 new entrant allotment.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, be permanent residents of Alberta and not be current or past quota holders.

Those interested must submit an application form to the egg farmers board of directors. A comprehensive business plan and $1,050 fee must accompany the application.

Information packages are available online at: eggs.ab.ca/new-entrant-program.

Supply managed commodities like chicken, dairy and turkey have issued similar programs in the past on a provincial basis.

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