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  • Give the Gift of Local This Holiday Season

    TORONTO - The upcoming holiday season is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. Shopping local for Ontario-grown and produced food, beverages and other goods can simplify your preparations and supports local businesses and farmers across the province.

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  • Working with Ontario Farmers to Improve Soil Health and Water Quality

    To mark this year's World Soil Day, the governments of Canada and Ontario are launching a $5.75 million, multi-year project to help the province's farmers strengthen environmental stewardship, enhance water quality, improve soil health, and better protect our environment.

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  • Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Ontario's Farmers, Farm Animals and Food Supply

    Toronto - Later today, Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will introduce legislation entitled, Security From Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019 in the Ontario Legislature. The proposed legislation, if passed, will better protect farmers, their animals, livestock transporters and the province's food supply. It would also require explicit prior consent to access an animal protection zone on a farm or food processing facility.

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  • Minister Hardeman Discusses Farm Animal Safety and Ontario's Food Supply with Municipal Leaders

    LONDON - Today, Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs hosted a roundtable with rural municipal leaders along with provincial livestock transporters to discuss the risks and dangers of interference with animal transportation as well as farmer and food safety risks surrounding on-farm trespass to farmers and farm businesses.

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  • Ontario Investing up to $1.85M to Boost Innovation in Agri-Food Research

    The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting agri-food innovation through an investment of up to $1.85 million in research to help Ontario develop new cutting edge technologies, practices and solutions to tackle modern-day industry problems.

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  • Fresh from the Farm Raises Extracurricular School Funds and Local Food Awareness

    WOODSTOCK - Today, Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Stephen Lecce, Ontario Minister of Education, congratulated schools participating in the Fresh from the Farm fundraising program for their efforts in promoting Ontario produce while helping to increase funds for extracurricular activities. The annual program provides a unique and healthy fundraising opportunity that benefits local schools, supports our farmers and promotes healthy eating to Ontario families.

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  • The Most A-peel-ing Apple Display Declared the Winner

    TORONTO - Consumers across the province voted on Facebook and Instagram for their favourite grocery display of Ontario apples. The winner of the final Foodland Ontario Consumers' Choice Contest is Longo's #34 in Stouffville.

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  • Changes to Biogas Rules for Farms to Increase Economic Opportunity in Ontario's Renewable Natural Gas Sector

    Hamilton - The Government of Ontario will launch consultations to identify potential changes that would allow farmers to expand the emerging renewable natural gas market in Ontario and make the province a North American leader in the biogas sector. The consultations will focus on changes designed to reduce red tape and grow untapped economic opportunities for on-farm biogas operations.

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  • Choose the Apple of Your Eye

    The Ontario government is encouraging shoppers to choose their favourite apple display for the final Foodland Ontario Consumers' Choice Award of 2019. This year marks the first time in 30 years that consumers are participating directly in the Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards program.

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  • Helping Ontario Food Processors Grow Their Businesses

    TORONTO - The government of Ontario is helping businesses in the province's agri-food sector to improve their operations so they can continue to support jobs, boost the economy and bring more safe, high quality foods to local and international markets.

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