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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 Ancaster honouring regional winners of the Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Local recipients are:

  • Brenn-B Farms Ltd., Waterdown (Hamilton Region)
  • Cranston Farms, Ancaster (Hamilton Region)
  • Ontario Beekeepers Association, Milton (Halton Region)
  • 100 km Foods Inc. and the New Farm, Toronto (Toronto)
  • Riverbend Farm Inc., Niagara-on-the-Lake (Niagara Region)
  • Tigchelaar Berry Farms Inc., Vineland (Niagara Region)

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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Ted McMeekin

“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.”

Ted McMeekin

MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

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