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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Southern Ontario

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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Southern 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 Kingsville 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:

  • Dave Van Segbrook (Tupperville, Chatham-Kent)
  • Jennen Family Farm Market (Thamesville, Chatham-Kent)
  • Van Mar Farms Ltd. (Chatham, Chatham-Kent)
  • Cedar Beach Acres (Kingsville, Essex County)
  • Pyramid Farms Ltd./New Energy Farms Ltd. (Leamington, Essex)
  • Chad Anderson (Mooretown, Lambton)
  • Envirofresh Farms (Sombra, Lambton 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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“These winners represent the ingenuity and leadership that grows in Ontario's farming and rural communities. Their innovations help to strengthen our local agri-food sector.”

Pat Hoy

MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex

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