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Innovative Ideas Thrive In Emo and Kakabeka Falls

McGuinty Government Recognizes Outstanding Individuals In Agri-Food Sector

Ontario's rural communities are growing innovative ideas that drive the local economy and advance Ontario's agri-food industry.

These ideas were celebrated today at a ceremony in Thunder Bay honouring regional winners of the Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Local recipients are:

  • Mountain Fresh Farm, Kakabeka Falls (Thunder Bay District)
  • Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc., Emo (Rainy River District)

These awards are part of a $2.5-million, five-year program established to recognize innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's agri-food sector is one of the province's leading industries, contributing more than $33 billion to the economy every year.
  • There are 55 regional award winners across the province - each receiving $5,000 for their innovations.
  • The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program has attracted more than 700 applications highlighting on-farm innovations since 2007.

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“I am pleased to recognize these local innovators with these awards. Their vision and hard work show us how integral our agri-food sector and our rural communities are to this province.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Today's award winners show how innovation continues to strengthen agriculture, which is such an important contributor to Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

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