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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:

Haldimand County
Creekside Poultry Farm (Jarvis)

Norfolk County
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)

Oxford County
Viewland Farms (Thamesford)
Velrob Farms (Embro)

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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