Celebrating Ontario's New Crop Of Ideas
McGuinty Government Rewards 11 Local Farms for Their Innovations
Innovative ideas grown by Ontario farmers are contributing to the local economy, boosting the agri-food industry and offering more choices for the consumer. Those ideas were celebrated today at a ceremony honouring local winners of the province's regional awards for innovation excellence.
The Premier's Agri-Food Innovation Excellence awards are part of a $2.5-million, five-year program (now in its second year) established to recognize innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. Winners of the $100,000 Premier's Award and the $50,000 Minister's Award were announced earlier this month at the Premier's Summit on Agri-Food.
Local events across the province are being held to recognize 55 regional award winners, who will receive $5,000 each for their innovations. Area winners presented with their awards today were:
Brier Run Alpacas/Edy's Mills Fine Fibres (Oil Springs)
Char-Creek Farms (Wyoming) Cornelissen Farms (Watford) Fairwind Farms (Sarnia)
Fields Farm (Petrolia)
Twin Pines Orchards (Thedford) VanEngelen Dairy Farms and Hog Tied Farms (Thedford)
Brooymans Farms (Port Stanley)
Clovermead Bees & Honey (Aylmer)
Weninger Farms Ltd. (Aylmer)
Sunnivue Organic Farm (Ailsa Craig)
- Since its launch, the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence has attracted 358 applications highlighting on-farm innovations.
- Ontario's agri-food sector is the second-largest goods manufacturing industry in the province (after the auto industry) and contributes $30 billion to the economy every year.
- See videos of this year's award winning innovations and discover the variety of previous award-winning on-farm innovations at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.
- Learn more about other government programs supporting innovation in Ontario by visiting the Ministry of Research and Innovation website.
“I am pleased to recognize our local farmers with these awards. Their hard work and innovative ideas are helping to make our rural communities stronger.”
Maria Van Bommel