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Celebrating Ontario's New Crop Of Ideas

McGuinty Government Rewards 7 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 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 announced today were:

Northern Quality Meats (Bruce Mines)

Marcel Betty (Verner)

Burt Farm (Gore Bay)
Martin Farms (Gore Bay)

Jonella Farms (Massey)

Ferme Blanche Rive (New Liskeard)
Terza Farms (Thornloe)

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.”

Michael A. Brown

MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin



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