Chicken Farmers of Canada

Chicken Farmers of Canada

November 10, 2011 12:00 ET

Chicken Farmers Support Investment in New Program

Agricultural Innovation Program Launched in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) applauds the announcement made today by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, establishing a $50 million Agricultural Innovation Program to boost the development and commercialization of innovative new products, technologies and processes in the agricultural sector.

The Agricultural Innovation Program, announced by the government in its 2011 budget has been created to support industry-led science and technology. The Government of Canada believes that this initiative can support Canadian agriculture, create jobs, boost revenue and reduce production costs.

"We have earned the trust of Canadians by continually committing to innovation in new products, programs, technologies and processes that help our industry grow and thrive," said David Fuller, Chair of CFC, "Programs like this will ensure that government and farmers continue to work together to remain responsive to the needs of Canadian agriculture, and competitive on the world stage, as we have shown ourselves to be in our evolving on-farm food safety programs, as well as within our commitment to research and animal care."

The Canadian chicken industry welcomes Minister Ritz' news; it underscores Canada's support for ideas that work to meet the evolving consumer demand for high-quality Canadian food.

"The Government's support for diverse agricultural sectors, including our supply management system, aligns well with our own support for the role that science and innovation can play for all Canadian farmers," said Fuller, "We look forward to being able to use this program to support the long-standing collaborative approach we have had and firmly demonstrate that Canada is behind the wheel in the drive for innovation and growth in agriculture."

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