By Fadi Didi
Ontario Premier announces this year's winners of farm innovation awards, and some are local.
Three local farms are being honoured with awards from the province for changing the face of agriculture.
The Agriculture Innovation Awards were given out earlier this week to 50 producers of food or food products.
Bighead Hops in Meaford, Clear Valley Hops in Nottawa and The New Farm near Creemore, all received Premier's Awards earlier this week in a ceremony at Queen's Park.
Bighead Hops pioneered a new way of harvesting their crop, creating a co-op with other hops growers and customized a machine that turns the hops into pellets so they can be sold to beer brewers.
Clear Valley Hops provides freshly-harvested flash-frozen hops to beer producers across the province.
And the New Farm is part of The Stop, which provides produce to low-income families in Toronto.
This is Agribition Week in Regina.
Thousands of livestock trailers and tractors move into Regina for different farm events.
New this year is a wine garden and food pavilion.
Several old buildings will be torn down after this year's fair to make room for construction on the new International Trade Centre.
Agribition CEO Marty Seymour says the old stadium is kind of like the Fenway Park of the cattle business -- and he says there's a sense of nostalgia about it around the barns this year.
Crown Royal's Northern Harvest Rye has earned the title of World Whisky of the Year for 2016 from Jim Murray's "Whisky Bible.''
Murray -- who is based in the United Kingdom -- says Canada is rarely mentioned when it comes to the world's top whiskies.
Murray says he tasted more than one-thousand new whiskies before making his announcement -- and gives Northern Harvest Rye 97 and a half out of 100 points.
Murray's website claims it is the first time a Canadian product has won the top prize.