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Local Agri-Food Innovators Celebrated

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Local Agri-Food Innovators Celebrated

McGuinty Government Rewards 10 Recipients for their Innovations

Innovative ideas grown by Ontario farmers were celebrated today at a ceremony in Wallaceburg 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:

Chatham-Kent County

Essex County

Lambton County

Middlesex County

Naturpak Ltd.  (Wheatley)

Essex County Associated Growers (Leamington)

Ewe Dell Family Farms (Woodlsee)

Sunsation Acres Inc. (Kingsville)

Peter and Wilma Aarts and Maaike Campbell (Watford)

Berryhill Farm (Watford)

Codan Suffolks (Wyoming)

Joe Kerr  (Wallaceburg)

Sim Farms Ltd.  (Watford)

Sandy and Kathy Smith (Melbourne)

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.”

Maria Van Bommel

MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex



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