Know an Innovative Grower? The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence (up to $75,000!) is Open for Applications

premiersawardThe Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators, including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations.  Awards of up to $75,000 are available.  Nominate someone you know now!

The objectives of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program are to recognize and encourage innovators in the agri-food sector, foster farm-level innovation, and raise awareness about the importance of agri-food innovation and its impact on the Ontario economy.

Implemented some good ideas on your farm that foster innovation and economic development?  See if you’re eligible for a Premier’s Award!

Examples of innovation areas include, but are not limited to:

  • improved business practices
  • response to consumer demands (e.g. new production and processing methods, product development)
  • response to expanding consumer tastes (e.g. locally-grown and produced world foods)
  • collaborations (strategic alliances, cross-sector partnerships)
  • environmental stewardship
  • energy and bio-economy
  • health and safety
  • food safety and traceability
  • education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society


Applying For Awards:

Information on eligibility, the application process, and selection criteria can be found in the Premier Awards Guidebook.

Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2018 to be eligible for a chance to receive one of the following awards:

  • Premier’s Award – one, $75,000 award
  • Minister’s Award – one, $50,000 award
  • Leaders in Innovation Award – three, $25,000 awards
  • Provincial award – 45 – $5,000 awards

To read about the more than 575 innovation projects that have been recognized since the program started in 2006 visit Agri-Food Innovation.

For more information, contact: Darlene Harrietha
Premier’s Award Program Analyst
Phone: 519-826-4847


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