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Local Agri-Food Innovators Celebrated

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Local Agri-Food Innovators Celebrated

McGuinty Government Rewards Five Recipients for their Innovations

Innovative ideas grown by Ontario farmers were celebrated today at a ceremony in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 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.  Niagara Region winners presented with their awards today are:

  • Featherstone Vineyard (Vineland)
  • Howell Family Pumpkin Farm (Fonthill)
  • Palatine Fruit & Roses (Niagara-on-the-Lake) 
  • Vandermeer Greenhouses Ltd. (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
  • Vinifera for Life Canada/Southbrook Wineries (Jordan)
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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“Innovative farming practices are the key to strengthening our local agri-food sector, which is such an important contributor to Ontario's and particularly Niagara's economy. The Niagara region is the most productive agricultural region in Canada. I am pleased to recognize the achievements of these local innovators who are keeping it that way with these awards for Innovation and Excellence in farming their land.”

Kim Craitor

MPP for Niagara Falls



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