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Agriculture Report

Agri Food Leaders In Our Region

By Manny Paiva

Ontario government recognizes agrifood businesses for growth, leadership.

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Ontario is recognizing a number of agri-food industry innovators including a few in our area.

The innovators presented new ideas and products that are creating jobs, growing local economies and bringing more Ontario food to consumers.

A ceremony was held earlier this month in Guelph, where regional winners of the Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were honoured for their contributions.

Among the winners are Blue Mountain Village Association - Apple Pie Trail, from the Town of the Blue Mountains, Metzger Meat Products of Hensall,  Nott Farms of Clinton,  Schroeders Farms from Exeter,  Monforte Dairy of Stratford and  Miller's Dairy out of Creemore.

A total of 50 regional agri-food innovation awards are being announced across the province.

Since 2007, a total of 325 producers, processors and agri-food organizations have received a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across Ontario.
Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of the government's three-part economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and help businesses grow and create jobs.

Full list of winners in Guelph are:

    Blue Mountain Village Association - Apple Pie Trail, Town of Blue Mountains
    Metzger Meat Products, Hensall
    Nott Farms (Ont.) Ltd., Clinton
    Schroeders Farms, Exeter
    Monforte Dairy, Stratford
    Miller's Dairy, Creemore
    Sheldon Creek Dairy, Loretto
    Foodlink Waterloo Region, St. Jacobs
    Martin's Family Fruit Farm, Waterloo
    Organic Meadow Cooperative Inc., Guelph


Farmers are still shocked by the decision last week that Heinz is shutting down its tomato operation in Leamington.

Dale Donaldson is the founder and co-owner of two Ontario farms.

He is concerned that the food industry is being controlled by fewer and fewer people -- so decisions like Heinz are being taken out of the community and into the board room.

Donaldson calls it a sad day for food production and business in Canada.


The interim board of directors for the newly formed "Cereals Canada'' is hoping to have the national organization up and running by the end of this year or early 2014.

Cereals Canada follows the Canola Council of Canada's model of bringing together stakeholders from throughout a crop's value chain.

Officials say everyone has a seat around the table and is making decisions that are the best interests of the value chain overall.

Cereals Canada will work with more than one crop -- addressing issues related to wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale.

Cereals Canada hopes all provincial wheat and barley grower organizations will join.


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