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.
- 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.
“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.”