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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Jerseyville, City of Hamilton

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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Jerseyville, City of Hamilton

Ontario Government Recognizes Agri-food Innovation Excellence

Ontario is recognizing local agri-food industry innovators whose new ideas and products are creating jobs, growing local economies and bringing more Ontario food to consumers. 

These innovators were celebrated today at a ceremony in Jerseyville, where regional winners of the Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were honoured for their contributions to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. The winners are:

  • Arlington Farms, Jarvis (Haldimand County)
  • RentThisLand.com, Hagersville (Haldimand County)
  • Baba Link Organic Farm, City of Hamilton
  • Reif Naturals by Reif Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake (Niagara Region)
  • The Foreign Affair Winery, Vineland (Niagara Region)
  • Bryan and Cathy Gilvesy/Y U Ranch, Tillsonburg (Norfolk County)
  • J&S Judge Farms Ltd., Simcoe (Norfolk County)
  • Purple Daze Lavender, St. Williams (Norfolk County)
  • The Blue Elephant Craft Brew House, Simcoe (Norfolk County)
  • Auvergne Farms Ltd. dba Jakeman's Maple Products, Beachville (Oxford County)
  • Sedum Master Inc., Princeton (Oxford County)
  • Superior Mat & Comfort Inc., Salford (Oxford County)

Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of the government's three-part economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and help businesses grow and create jobs.

Quick Facts

  • A total of 50 regional agri-food innovation awards are being announced across the province.
  • Since 2007, a total of 325 producers, processors and agri-food organizations have received a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across Ontario.

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“Innovative businesses like these show us just how dynamic our agri-food sector is in this region and across the province. I want to congratulate all the winners on their achievements.”

Ted McMeekin

MPP for Ancaster--Dundas--Flamborough--Westdale

“I congratulate all of our award recipients across the province whose innovative ideas and products help advance our agri-food industry and build on our strengths to create more good jobs for the people of this province.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food

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