Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Southern Ontario - 2011
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 Ancaster 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:
- Springridge Farm (Milton, Halton Region)
- Dunlea Farms Pet Hay (Jerseyville, Hamilton-Wentworth Region)
- Hamilton Eat Local - Environment Hamilton (Hamilton, Hamilton Region)
- Hughes Vineyards (Beamsville, Niagara Region)
- Orchard Park Growers Ltd. (St. Catharines, Niagara Region)
- Sun-Ray Orchards Inc. (Beamsville, Niagara Region)
- Sweet & Sticky Inc. (Niagara Falls, Niagara Region)
- Moyer and Rowe Family Farms (Vineland, Niagara Region, Wellington and Lambton Counties)
- Kent Kreek Berries (Simcoe, Norfolk County)
- Fresh Sprout International Limited (Mississauga, Peel Region)
- Duizer Farms (Burford, Brant 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.
“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.”