Excellence in Agriculture Awards celebrate Ontario agri-food innovators

Press release

The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the top agri-food recipients of this year’s Excellence in Agriculture Awards in each of the following five categories:

Agri-food innovator

Transport Genie Ltd. has created an animal transport system that monitors micro-climate conditions of the livestock from a farm to the next destination. The system uses innovative technologies to keep an electronic record of activities throughout the transportation value chain and enables smart decisions by offering real-time alerts that address animal welfare, reduced carbon footprint, assurance and traceability concerns.

Agri-food organization

FoodShare Toronto is an organization that increases people’s access to and consumption of vegetables and fruits grown by Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) communities. This organization has an innovative, long-term approach to address food security in communities across Toronto.

Primary Producer

Burnbrae Farms Limited is the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada and shares its surplus power with the adjoining farm. The sustainable energy solution in this farm consists of four barns that utilize high-efficiency motors, lighting and ventilation systems to ensure minimal power usage to run the equipment. The farm operates off the grid and is powered by solar energy using solar panels located on the roof.

Processor

Green Table Foods Inc. is a manufacturer of sustainable, quality, organic foods that sources local ingredients to produce authentic plant-based fermented food. This company has diversified the living food category beyond cabbage to include a variety of lacto-fermented vegetables, kimchis and sauerkrauts to meet consumer demand.

Youth

Austin Bruch, a scientific researcher, is developing a corn cross-breeding program to reduce crop failure while increasing the quality of corn consumed in Canada and internationally. With this innovative idea, this young entrepreneur is working to fill a current gap in the Canadian corn industry by producing cold-tolerant, coloured sweet and flour corn seed varieties to meet consumer demand.

SOURCE: GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO

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