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FAQs
April 7, 2021

Supply management hurts Canada during international trade negotiations. Canada could miss out on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of supply management.

Canada has successfully concluded many free trade agreements while maintaining supply management, and can and should continue to do so. Our industry is an integral part of Canada’s agricultural future and continues to deliver exceptional benefits to consumers. Supply management […]

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April 7, 2021

Supply management is a barrier to new farmers. Supply management is a closed shop.

Encouraging new and young farmers to join is vital to the long-term sustainability of Alberta’s egg industry. EFA’s New Entrant Program (NEP) was developed and launched in 2012. The NEP was established in order to assist individuals and families who […]

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April 7, 2021

Supply management is bad for the family farm.

Every egg farm in Alberta is owned by family farmers or Hutterite colonies, many of whom have been in egg farming for several generations. For Alberta’s farming families, agriculture and egg farming is their life and livelihood, and they are […]

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April 7, 2021

Supply management increases the price of eggs. Supply management causes egg prices to be higher in Canada than in other countries.

The system only sets the price that egg farmers receive from the grading station, which is based on the average cost of production, along with a fair market return for their products. The system does not influence the price negotiated […]

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April 7, 2021

Supply management manipulates the supply of eggs, to artificially inflate demand.

The system tracks egg sales and trends – both total and for the different types of eggs – in each province and across the country, so that Canadian/Alberta egg farmers can work together to ensure they produce [supply] what consumers […]

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March 10, 2021

Is the egg industry committed to continuous improvement?

EFA and the province’s egg farmers are dedicated to continuous improvement, to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Alberta’s egg industry. EFA works closely with Egg Farmers of Canada and the other provincial boards to continually update, expand and enhance […]

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March 10, 2021

In Alberta, do the eggs come from family farms or factory farms?

Every egg farm in Alberta is owned by family farmers or Hutterite Colonies, many of whom have been in egg farming for several generations. For Alberta’s farming families, agriculture and egg farming is their life and livelihood, and they are […]

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March 10, 2021

Can I raise egg laying hens in my backyard?

In Alberta, unregistered egg farmers can raise up to 300 hens, provided they live in a rural municipality that allows poultry farming. Raising livestock in an urban environment is a big responsibility, and one needs to check the legalities under […]

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March 10, 2021

How does supply management work?

Supply management ensures market and price stability for consumers, while providing farmers with fair market returns for their products. The supply management system consists of 3 pillars: production discipline, pricing mechanisms, and import controls. All registered egg farmers are required […]

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