The Excellence in Agriculture program, sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, is now open to receive applications from primary producers, processors and agri-food organizations by October 11. It now includes a new category to recognize outstanding young farmers under the age of 29.
This program recognizes agri-food innovations and advancements that demonstrate leadership, product development or technology advancement that will benefit the sector. The innovations recognized will be those that have potential to help move the agri-food sector forward, so it is better positioned to thrive at home and on the global stage.
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. There is also a new category focussed on innovation. Application criteria for all five applicant categories can be found in the program guidebook.
The top innovation in each of the five categories will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and will be featured in a promotional video. All recipients will have access to the Excellence in Agriculture wordmark to be used for marketing and promotional purposes, and up to 15 honourable mention recipients will receive a certificate.
Here’s a link to the guidebook: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/guidebook2019.htm
Here’s a link to the application form: https://omafra.secure.force.com/EIA/PA
Source: OMAFRA August 23, 2019 news release