Mississauga, ON, December 3, 2015 – Congratulations to Andrew and Lindsay Elgersma, of Elora, Ontario and Brent and Kim Grainger, of Zurich, Ontario who were chosen as the recipients of the 2015 New Entrant Quota Loan Pool (NEQLP) program. The announcement was made November 26 at Egg Farmers of Ontario’s (EFO’s) Annual Egg and Pullet Farmers’ Workshop at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario.
The Elgersma’s have an 80-acre farm property and they plan to build a layer barn in 2016. The Grainger’s farm operation includes about 140 workable acres and they also plan to build a layer barn in 2016.
The NEQLP is designed to encourage new farmers into the Ontario egg farming business. Each year, up to 10,000 units of quota will be loaned to the successful applicant(s). The quota will be loaned based on a 1:2 ratio (1 unit purchased, 2 loaned). After 10 years, the loaned quota will be returned into EFO’s NEQLP in 10 annual installments (10% each) and will be loaned to future participants in the program at that time.
“We had an excellent field of 30 applicants,” said selection committee Chair Laurent Souligny. “As usual, it was a great challenge for the committee because of the high quality of all of the applications,” he said.
The selection committee was comprised of Laurent Souligny, past EFO Director and former Chair of Egg Farmers of Canada; Daryl Ball, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs; Craig Bremner, TD Canada Trust; Robert Loree, Ward & Uptigrove; and Shannon Kelly, former President of Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario. The committee selected four applicants for face-to-face interviews with the committee before selecting the two successful candidates.
EFO is following up on a commitment to conduct a review the program after five years of operation to ensure the program is in the best position to encourage new farmers into the Ontario egg farming business.
“We have four of the new egg farm families’ already in operation from the earlier years of the program and we are very proud to have two more new egg farm families become Ontario egg farmers under this program,” said EFO Chair Scott Graham.
Egg Farmers of Ontario is an association that represents approximately 440 egg and pullet farm families. EFO works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable and reasonably-priced eggs with fair farm pricing ensuring adequate returns to egg farmers.
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