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.
- 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 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.”