Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia accepting applications for new entrant program

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Deadline extended for applications

TRURO, N.S. - Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia (EFNS) has extended the deadline to accept applications for its New Entrant Program to March 14, 2016.

The EFNS Board of Directors chose to extend the application deadline by an additional 30 days due to the high interest in the program and high number of requests for additional information. A factsheet addressing frequently requested information will be available on EFNS’s webpage.

Released on Jan. 15, 2016, the New Entrant Program will award selected new egg farmers with a no-cost quota lease for up to 500 laying hens, provided that they produce free run, free range or certified organic eggs. The program is aimed at meeting increased consumer demand for locally produced specialty eggs.

“The program has received a lot of positive response,” says Geneve Newcombe, Chair EFNS. “We’ve extended the deadline to ensure that all interested applicants receive thorough answers to their questions, and have sufficient time to submit an appropriate application.”

Eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery to receive leased quota for up to 500 hens per farm. Quota is allotted to new entrants through a no-cost lease which will be renewed annually provided the requirements of the program continue to be met. It cannot be transferred or sold by the new entrant. New entrants must also comply with EFNS programs, policies and regulations, including food safety and animal care. Eligible applicants of the New Entrant Program must be prepared to start production with the new entrant quota within 18 months of being declared a successful new entrant. Eggs that are produced by the new entrant are to be graded at a federally registered grading station.

In addition to the New Entrant Program, in November 2013 EFNS increased the number of hens that small scale, diversified farmers are allowed to maintain without having to obtain quotas. The increase from 100 laying hens to 200, was aimed at helping family farms take advantage of market opportunities to broaden their revenues, as well as boost rural economies.

“I am pleased to see Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia promoting diversified production methods that responds to changing consumer appetites,” says Nova Scotia’s Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This is good for consumers and creates new opportunities for people wanting to enter our agriculture industry.”

The policy, updated application form, factsheet and regulation for the New Entrant Program can be found at www.nsegg.ca.

 

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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