Egg Farmers of Alberta’s Youth Development Program (YDP) was developed and launched in 2014. The YDP was established to help attract young farmers into the egg industry and support them in a way that helps educate them about egg farming, while providing a framework to develop future agricultural leaders. EFA’s YDP aims to help foster the passion young farmers have for egg farming, and to familiarize them with Alberta’s dynamic egg industry.
Canada’s egg industry operates under the uniquely Canadian system of supply management and registered egg producers require quota to operate. One of the benefits of supply management is that it provides farming enthusiasts with the opportunity to raise egg laying hens without the need for quota – each farmer can raise up to 300 hens in Alberta.
The Youth Development Program will provide young farmers with a ‘hand-up’ versus a ‘hand-out’; Egg Farmers of Alberta will provide education and training about egg production, while also introducing them to the Canadian egg industry. The YDP will help ensure that their eggs are produced in accordance with the industry’s world-class standards for food safety and animal care.
The YDP will accept a maximum of 20 unregistered young egg farmers, on a first-come first-serve basis, for a maximum of 10 years. Participants must already have an exemption number that authorizes them to ship their eggs to a licensed processor in the province. EFA will help ensure that these farmers and the marketers of their product meet all provincial regulatory requirements, and will also offer a 50% rebate of the levy paid, upon demonstration that all of the program elements have been satisfied.
In order to be considered an eligible applicant for Egg Famers of Alberta’s Youth Development Program, the following criteria must be met:
Interested parties must complete and submit a Youth Development Program Application Form to the Egg Farmers of Alberta Board of Directors. Applicants can submit their application form via mail, or in person at the EFA office.
Farmers operating under the YDP must renew their application on an annual basis.
Applicants must already have an exemption number from EFA. An Exemption Form can be submitted to the Egg Farmers of Alberta Board of Directors via mail, or in person at the EFA office
Egg Farmers of Alberta’s Policies and Regulations related to unregistered producers will apply (ie: levy and field verifications) to all farmers operating under the Youth Development Program. Other requirements include: