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

  • Aarden Farms Ltd., Lakeside (Oxford)
  • Berry Hill Fruit Farm, Aylmer (Elgin)
  • Budhaven Farms Ltd./Leaping Deere Legends, Ingersoll (Oxford)
  • Buurma Farms, Watford (Lambton)
  • Cedarview Farms, Courtright (Lambton)
  • Cream Hill Whole Grains Ltd. and Doug Hill Farms Ltd., Thorndale (Middlesex)
  • Enniskillen Pepper Company Ltd., Petrolia (Lambton)
  • Farmgate Markets Inc., St. Thomas (Eglin)
  • Forest Glen Herb Farm, Forest (Lambton)
  • J. Doherty Farms Ltd., Lakeside (Oxford)
  • J. Malecki Holdings Ltd., Drumbo (Oxford)
  • Konzelmann Farms Inc., Wyoming (Lambton)
  • Lambton County 4-H Farm Safety Club, Wallaceburg (Lambton)
  • R.M. Matheson Farms Ltd., Embro (Oxford)
  • Nature's Perfection Shiitake Mushrooms, Aylmer (Elgin)
  • Tony Noorloos, Sarnia (Lambton)
  • Stanton Farms, Ilderton (Middlesex)

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.”

Maria Van Bommel

MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex

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