Planting The Seeds For More Agri-Food Innovation
Premier's Innovation Awards Program Invites New Applications
Innovators in the province's agriculture and food industry are encouraged to apply for awards under the Premier's Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Award program, now accepting applications until December 1, 2008.
The $2.5-million, five-year program (currently in its third year) was established to recognize innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector.
The awards program includes the Premier's Award (up to $100,000), the Minister's Award (up to $50,000) and up to 55 regional awards of $5,000 each.
Program applications must be received by December 1, 2008, and will be reviewed by two independent panels made up of representatives from across Ontario's agri-food industry. Additional information and application forms are available on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.
- Since its launch in 2006, 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.
- Download your guidebook and application for the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation.
- See videos of previous 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.
“This awards program is a great way to showcase the wonderful diversity of products Ontario's farmers provide. By encouraging more ideas and innovations, we are helping to build a stronger future for this and the next generation of Ontarians”
“Ontario's farmers have helped build a world-class agri-food sector in this province. By recognizing their hard work and investing in their innovative ideas, we can help farmers pursue new markets, attract investment and strengthen our rural communities.”