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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:

Lambton County
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)

Elgin County
Brooymans Farms (Port Stanley)
Clovermead Bees & Honey (Aylmer)
Weninger Farms Ltd. (Aylmer)

Middlesex County
Sunnivue Organic Farm (Ailsa Craig)

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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“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

MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex



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