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)
- 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.
“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.”