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Celebrating Ontario's New Crop Of Ideas

McGuinty Government Rewards Five 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 farmers with these awards. Their hard work and innovative ideas are helping to make our rural communities stronger.”

Lou Rinaldi

Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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