Business & Policy
Egg Farmers of Alberta Accepting New Entrant Program Applications
By Kristy Nudds
April 30, 2014 – The Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) has announced that the application window for the New Entrant Program (NEP) is now open, giving individuals the chance to become Alberta’s newest egg farmer.
The New Entrant Program was established in order to assist individuals and families who want to own and operate an egg farm in Alberta, by alleviating some of the producer’s start-up costs. NEP quota will be issued at no cost to the successful applicant(s).
To be eligible for EFA’s NEP, the following criteria must be met. The applicant:
– must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
– must be a permanent resident of Alberta;
– Not be a current or past quota holder
All applications will be reviewed for eligibility and evaluated by a selection committee. 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 NEP allotment.
To apply, interested parties must complete and submit a New Entrant Plan application form to the EFA Board of Directors, along with a comprehensive business plan and a $1,000 fee. For more information, NEP information packages are available online (www.eggs.ab.ca/NEP). Applicants can submit their application form, business plan and fee via mail, or in person at the EFA office. Applications will be accepted from April 30, 2014 until June 27, 2014.