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 Region Agricultural Education Committee (Courtice)
Desert Lake Gardens (Sydenham)
Lennox and Addington County
Burt's Greenhouses (Odessa)
East-Central Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers (Cobourg)
Prince Edward County
Mill Creek Farm (Picton)
- 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.
“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.”