The Ontario government recognizes that innovation will pave the way forward for the province’s agri-food sector, and Premier Dalton McGuinty took the opportunity to recognize farmer-innovators at the province’s Summit on Agri-Food on 8 March 2007.
“Ontario’s farmers have helped build a world-class agri-food sector in this province,” said Premier Dalton McGuinty. “By recognizing their hard work and investing in their innovative ideas, we can help farmers pursue new markets, attract investment and strengthen our rural communities.”
The first $100,000 Premier’s Award of Excellence for Agri-Food Innovation will go to David VanderDussen. VanderDussen developed Mite-Away II, an environmentally friendly product to protect honeybees from mite infestations, which is exported around the world.