Ontario farmers recognized
By Marg Land
October 7, 2013, Toronto, Ont – Premier Kathleen Wynne recently recognized excellence in agri-food innovation and challenged the sector to double its growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs in Ontario by 2020.
She issued the challenge as part of a keynote speech at the Premier’s Summit on Agri-Food Innovation at Queen’s Park, encouraging agri-food industry partners to help Ontario become one of the top five places in North America in revenues for food and beverage manufacturing; and to double the province’s agri-food exports.
The summit also celebrated the contributions of local producers to the overall success of the agri-food sector.
The Foreign Affair Winery of Vineland, Ont., received the Minister’s Award for re-engineering air flows to its vineyard to apply the Italian appassimento method of winemaking to Ontario-grown grapes.
Geissberger Farmhouse Cider Inc. of Hampton, Ont., received a Leaders in Innovation Award for the operation’s mobile mill that brings the cider-making experience to Ontario orchards.
“I want to congratulate all of our award recipients today,” said Wynne, who also serves as the Minister of Agriculture and Food. “They have shown us that the agri-food sector has excellent potential for growth. I have extended this challenge today, so we can build on our strengths to create more good jobs for the people of this province.”
Fifty regional agri-food innovations will be recognized under the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program.