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Innovative Ideas Thrive In Algoma and Sudbury Districts

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

  • Algoma Farm Fresh, Desbarats (Algoma District)
  • Algoma Sheep and Lamb Producers, Echo Bay (Algoma District)
  • Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative Inc., Sudbury (Sudbury 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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“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.”

Michael Brown

MPP for Algoma Manitoulin

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