Celebrating Ontario's New Crop Of Ideas
McGuinty Government Rewards 10 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 at the Premier's Summit on Agri-Food in April.
Local events have been taking place across the province to recognize 55 regional award winners, who will receive $5,000 each for their innovations. Area winners presented with their awards today were:
Creekside Poultry Farm (Jarvis)
Norfolk Apiaries (Brantford)
B & C Nightingale Farms (LaSalette)
Blueberry Hill Estate (St. Williams)
Florence Estate Winery (Langton)
Kernal Peanuts (Vittoria)
The Cider Keg (Vittoria)
Y U Ranch (Tillsonburg)
Viewland Farms (Thamesford)
Velrob Farms (Embro)
- 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.”