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Local Agri-Food Innovators Celebrated

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Local Agri-Food Innovators Celebrated

McGuinty Government Rewards Six Recipients for their Innovations

Innovative ideas grown by Ontario farmers were celebrated today at a ceremony in Brantford honouring local winners of the province's regional awards for innovation excellence.

These fresh ideas are contributing to the local economy, boosting the agri-food industry and giving consumers more choice.

The Premier's Agri-Food Innovation Excellence awards are part of a $2.5-million, five-year program (now in its third year) established to recognize innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector.  

Local events across the province are recognizing 55 regional award winners, who are receiving $5,000 each for their innovations.  Area winners presented with their awards today are:

Elgin County:

  • VandenBorre Fruit Farms (Aylmer)

Norfolk County:

  • Debco Ginseng (Scotland)
  • Diniz Farming Ltd. (Windham Centre)
  • Norfolk County Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Pilot (Simcoe)
  • Spring Arbour Farm (Walsingham)
  • Wholesome Pickins (Delhi)

Winners of the $100,000 Premier's Award and the $50,000 Minister's Award were presented in April at the Premier's Summit on Agri-Food.  

Quick Facts

  • In its first three years, the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence has attracted more than 550 applications highlighting on-farm innovations.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector is one of the province’s leading industries, contributing more than $33 billion to the economy every year.

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“These innovations help to strengthen our local agri-food sector, which is such an important contributor to Ontario’s economy. I am pleased to recognize the achievements of these local innovators with these awards.”

Dave Levac

MPP for Brant



Business and Economy Rural and North