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Planting The Seeds For More Agri-Food Innovation

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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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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“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”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“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.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs



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