The following is a statement from Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark.
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 Clark. “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.”
Clark 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 here. Additional information is also available through the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.