Local Agri-Food Innovators Celebrated
McGuinty Government Rewards Seven Recipients For Their Innovations
Innovative ideas grown by Ontario farmers were celebrated today at a ceremony in Mildmay 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:
- The Healing Arc Inc. & Everspring Farms Ltd. (Teeswater) - Bruce County
- Saugeen Country Dairy (Markdale) - Grey County
- WoolDrift Farm (Markdale) - Grey County
- Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association - Grey and Bruce Counties
- Forager Foods (Bayfield) - Huron County
- Hillside Gardens Limited (Bradford) - Simcoe County
- Sunrise Produce (Alliston) - Simcoe County
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.
- 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.
“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.”