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Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Memo

*Note: May 25, 2018 is the deadline

I am writing to remind you and your colleagues of the May 25, 2018
application deadline this information.

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program was
created to recognize and foster the spirit of innovation that thrives in
Ontario’s agricultural sector. It encourages the development of rural
communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by
adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic

Each year the program recognizes up to 45 innovations across the
province. Award recipients will receive $5,000, a plaque, gate sign and
various promotional materials. In addition, there will be a Premier’s Award
valued at $75,000, a Minister’s Award valued at $50,000 and three
Leaders in Innovation Awards valued at $25,000 each.

Primary producers, processors and agri-food organizations are invited to
submit applications. Details on eligibility, innovation categories,
assessment criteria, and the application and selection process can be
found in the 2018 Program Guidebook and Application Form at:
Your support in encouraging outstanding agriculture and agri-food
innovators to submit an application by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on May
25, 2018 is appreciated. Questions can be directed to the Agricultural
Information Contact Centre (AICC) at 1-877-424-1300 or

A description of the award winning innovations by year (2006 through
2017) can be viewed at

Respectfully yours,
George Borovilos
Regional Economic Development Branch
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs