Excellence in Agriculture Celebrated in Guelph
Local Honourable Mention Recipient Recognized
Ontario is recognizing the work of local innovators whose ideas and passion are helping grow and strengthen the province's agri-food sector.
Today, Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, recognized Ontario Farmland Trust as an Excellence in Agriculture, Honourable Mention Award recipient, for developing a trust agreement that places non-agricultural development restrictions on certain pieces of land, permanently protecting farmland.
"We are thrilled to win an honourable mention for the Excellence in Agriculture Awards," said Kathryn Enders, Executive Director, Ontario Farmland Trust. "Partnering with Ontario farmers to permanently protect their land is a privilege, as it provides certainty that their land will forever remain in agriculture, strengthens our local food sector, and protects agri-food jobs for future generations."
"Ontario's agri-food sector is a driving force for innovation and economic growth in our province," said Hardeman. "I commend Ontario Farmland Trust for their important work in protecting our province's farmland and ensuring Ontario's agricultural future is bright for generations to come."
The Excellence in Agriculture Awards honour the contributions of hard-working and innovative people across the province who are creating new agri-food products, adding value to existing products and raising the bar for excellence by demonstrating leadership in their field that will benefit the sector, or advanced technological innovation.
Ontario is a strong supporter of the agri-food sector and is committed to the province's farmers and food processors, who produce more than 200 food and beverage products to feed our local communities and the world. The sector contributes over $39.5 billion to the local economy and employs one in eight Ontarians.