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.
- 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.
- See other award winning innovation success stories and discover the variety of past award-winning on-farm innovations at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.
- Find out how other government programs support innovation in Ontario by visiting the Ministry of Research and Innovation website.
“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.”