Innovative Ideas Thrive In Southwestern 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 Strathroy 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:
- Rush Creek Wines Ltd. (Aylmer, Elgin County)
- Al McColl Farms (Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton County)
- Hog-Tied Farms Ltd. (Thedford, Lambton County)
- MacKellar Farms (Alvinston, Lambton County)
- Steve Vokes (Petrolia, Lambton County)
- Bloemen Dairy Farms Inc. (Lucan, Middlesex County)
- Junior and Karen Van Geffen (Strathroy, Middlesex County)
- Predator Bird Services Inc. & London Dairy Farms Ltd. (London, Middlesex County)
- Hoenhorst Farms Ltd. (Innerkip, Oxford County)
- Salford Farm Machinery Ltd. (Salford, Oxford County)
- 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.
“Ontario farmers are on the cutting edge. I am proud to recognize the hard-work and dedication to innovation of our local farmers who do so much to provide us with the good things that grow in Ontario and support our rural communities.”
Maria Van Bommel