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PGC submits application for Agency status


July 20, 2012
By The Pullet Growers of Canada

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Jul. 20, 2012, Ottawa, ON – On July 17, 2012, the Pullet Growers of Canada (PGC) made their formal submission to the Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC) to seek Part 2 status under the Farm Products Agencies Act.
 
“This has been a long time coming,” said Andy DeWeerd, PGC Chair. “There hasn’t been a new commodity to come under supply management since 1986, so we had to make sure every detail was attended to.”
 
Over the past two years, in preparation for this submission, PGC has consulted with pullet and egg producers across the country as well as provincial supervisory agencies to gather their ideas and ensure all their questions and concerns were addressed.
 
“We are moving forward with the support of our industry partners,” said DeWeerd. “Pullets were one of the components of the poultry industry that was not under supply management. Now, we will have the industry voice and price parity shared by the rest of the poultry industries.”
 
“Being an autonomous agency will give PGC the required legal powers to make decisions on such issues as cost of production, disease control programs and housing standards, among many others,” said DeWeerd. “The time has come for the Canadian pullet industry to come into its own. We are ready for the challenge.”
 
Pullets are the young chickens raised specifically to become egg layers. There are approximately 550 pullet producers in Canada.

About the Pullet Growers of Canada
 
The Pullet Growers of Canada (PGC) was established to represent the common interests of Canada’s pullet growers. The evolving need to unite the industry has led PGC to seek status as a Part 2 Agency under the Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC). PGC endeavours to create a strong pullet industry by leading excellence in production and management practices and by being the producer’s voice in effective communication and industry engagement. Its membership represents pullet growers nationwide and has the support of the Eggs Farmers of Canada as well as the producer-managed provincial egg organizations.

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