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Ontario’s Excellence in Ag program will highlight sector achievements

August 30, 2023  By Government of Ontario

The Government of Ontario is launching the 2023 Excellence in Agriculture program to highlight the outstanding efforts, innovations and achievements across the province’s agriculture and food sector. The program will recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that drive the industry forward, adopt new technologies and increase awareness across Ontario’s agri-food value chain.

This initiative will celebrate innovations and advancements that benefit farmers, processors, industry organizations, and people and businesses across the sector. Ontario’s agriculture and food industry is built on a foundation created by the people who live it everyday, and this is their opportunity to be recognized for it.

This year, the province is recognizing agricultural excellence in 11 categories:

  • Excellence in Food Processing;
  • Excellence in Research and Innovation;
  • Women’s Excellence;
  • Youth Excellence;
  • Excellence in Agri-Food Education;
  • Northern Business Excellence;
  • Indigenous-Owned Business or Community Excellence;
  • Farm Family Excellence;
  • Agri-Food Promotional Excellence;
  • Supply Chain Excellence; and
  • Excellence in Agri-Food Talent Recruitment.

Through this program, Ontario is celebrating local agri-food organizations, processors, youth, women, primary producers, Northern businesses, Indigenous businesses and communities, and agri-food businesses whose innovations are paving the way towards a more sustainable and lucrative agriculture and food industry.

“Ontario’s agriculture and food industry includes some of the most dedicated and innovative individuals provincewide,” said Lisa Thompson, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, in a press release. “The Excellence in Agriculture Awards will give recognition to the people in these industries that go above and beyond, setting the standard and leading by example to ensure we can continue to Grow Ontario!”

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