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Celebrating Ontario's New Crop Of Ideas

McGuinty Government Rewards Five Recipients 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 presented last month at the Premier's Summit on Agri-Food.

Local events across the province will recognize 55 regional award winners, who will receive $5,000 each for their innovations. Area winners presented with their awards today were:

Durham County
Durham Region Agricultural Education Committee (Courtice)

Frontenac County
Desert Lake Gardens (Sydenham)

Lennox and Addington County
Burt's Greenhouses (Odessa)

Northumberland County
East-Central Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers (Cobourg)

Prince Edward County
Mill Creek Farm (Picton)

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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“Our government recognizes that innovation will strengthen Ontario's agri-food industry. These awards demonstrate the ingenuity and creativity growing on Ontario farms and in our rural communities. Together, we are building new opportunities for the future.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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