Nominations for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence are now being accepted and Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is encouraging the local farm community to take advantage of the awards program.

“The agri-food sector in Leeds-Grenville takes a backseat to no area of Ontario when it comes to innovation and adaptation through new production methods and products,” said Steve. “This awards program is a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding things happening on our farms and processing facilities to create jobs and bring investment to Eastern Ontario.”

He noted the program has recognized a number of local operations in the past.
The awards program recognizes up to 50 innovations across the province annually, including the Premier’s Award, valued at $75,000, and the Minister’s Award, worth $50,000. Primary producers, processors and agri-food organizations are invited to submit applications until 11:59 p.m. on April 28, 2017.

The application form and more information about eligibility and innovation categories can be found online at www.ontario.ca/agrifoodinnovation. Additional information is also available through the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or [email protected]

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