Ontario launches Excellence in Agriculture program

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Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced that the Excellence in Agriculture program is open for applications and now includes a new category to recognize outstanding young farmers.

The Excellence in Agriculture program recognizes agri-food innovations and advancements that demonstrate leadership, product development or technology advancement that will benefit the sector. To be recognized, innovations must have potential to help move the agri-food sector forward.

In addition to primary producers, processors and agri-food organizations, the program has a new category for 2019, to recognize outstanding youth leaders in the agri-food sector. Youth under 29, who are residents of Ontario and have an innovation with a direct link to the agri-food sector, are encouraged to apply.

Applications can be submitted until Oct. 11.

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