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Celebrating Ontario's New Crop Of Ideas

McGuinty Government Rewards Two 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 innovation. Area winners presented with their awards today were:

  • Cornell Farms (Devlin, Rainy River District)
  • Gammondale Farm (Thunder Bay)

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 agricultural community with these awards. Their hard work and innovative ideas are helping to make our rural communities stronger. Agriculture is a significant contributor to the economy of our area and has a rich and long history in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan



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