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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Southwestern Ontario

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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Southwestern Ontario

McGuinty Government Recognizes Excellence, Supports Family Farms

Ontario's local farmers are growing innovative ideas that drive our local economies and strengthen our agri-food industry. 

These ideas were celebrated today at a ceremony in Wingham honouring local winners of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. On-farm innovations are helping Ontario farmers provide more of the healthy food that is grown, processed, and sold across the province. Today's regional winners are:

  • Carrick Wines Inc. (Mildmay, Bruce County)
  • Love's Sweetness  (Holstein, Grey County)
  • FieldGate Organics Inc. (Zurich, Huron County)
  • Gordon's Goat Dairy (Wroxeter, Huron County)
  • The Whole Pig (Dashwood, Huron County)
  • Whispering Brook Yorkshires (Clifford, Huron County)
  • Stonaleen Farms Ltd. (Listowel, Perth County)
  • Willowgrove Hill (Mitchell, Perth County) - also Premier's Award winner
  • Garden Party (St. Agatha, Waterloo Region)
  • Kraayenbrink Farms Limited (Moorefield, Wellington County)
  • Ellcrest Farms (Moorefield, Wellington County)
  • Mushrooms Canada (Ontario) (Guelph, Wellington County)
  • Ontario Farm Animal Council  (Guelph, Wellington County)

When our family farms thrive, Ontarians taste it at the dinner table. A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2007, the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program has attracted more than 900 applications highlighting on-farm innovations.
  • This year, local events will recognize 55 regional award winners across the province.
  • Since 2003, $2 billion in farm income stabilization programs have helped farmers deal with bad weather, volatile prices and rising costs.
  • In Ontario's 2011 Budget - Turning the Corner, the province committed to providing risk management programs to support farmers when prices fluctuate due to unpredictable factors such as weather and global market changes.
  • Ontario's agri-food sector is one of the province's leading industries, contributing more than $33 billion annually to the economy.

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“Ontarians count on our farmers, and we believe they should be able to count on us. I am proud to recognize the hard-work and dedication to innovation of our local farmers as well as providing stable financial support because our family farms are vital to the success of Ontario's agri-food industry and our province's future.”

Carol Mitchell

MPP for Huron-Bruce and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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