Egg Farmer Perspectives on EFA @ 50

By David Webb, Marketing & Communications Manager, EFA

In response to the request made at EFA’s regional meetings in January for farmers to share their insights and memories to help EFA celebrate its 50th anniversary, a couple experienced Egg Ambassadors have stepped forward to answer the call.  As promised, EFA is proud to share what these farmers had to say.

Levi Hofer, New York Colony:

I have been involved in the Alberta egg industry for the past 20 years, including 15 as the egg manager.  In general, I appreciate EFA being forward thinking, always looking ahead to protect and benefit Alberta producers.  More specifically, I like how EFA now oversees pullets to help the layer industry.  The Producer Environmental Egg Program is an impressive program that really benefits egg farmers, while minimizing their impact on the environment.  Developing the New Entrant Program was a successful way to expand the industry and help keep it innovative.

Mark Hofer, Cayley Colony:

Looking back as a young boy growing up, to where we are now, times have changed dramatically.  As the years have gone by, we as producers must keep up with this ever-changing industry to survive.  All the new technology and the new rules changes every year, make us leaders in this industry.  This is why supply management in the egg industry works for us.

As an Egg Ambassador, we as producers can meet our customers and get to share our knowledge, and get their feedback so we can make this a great industry.  The public has to understand how our trade works and operates.  They also have to understand that we produce the best quality eggs, and we as egg farmers get to eat those eggs too.

Lets not forget the great team we have at the EFA office, who put in a lot of time and effort to make this a thriving and successful industry.  They are always looking to improve and to market eggs.  Keep up the great work and here’s to a brighter future ahead!

EFA plans to celebrate our 50th anniversary throughout 2018, and we welcome any insights, reflections and memories that egg farmers across Alberta have to share!  Please contact David or Angie at the EFA office to share your story.