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Farm Innovation Awards Recognize Sarnia-Lambton Companies

April 5, 2007

Sarnia, ON - Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Maria Von Bommel was on hand when Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced the winners of the first Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence on March 30th, 2007.

Three of the thirteen regional winners were from Sarnia-Lambton, sharing a total prize of $2.5 million. The innovations were chosen for having been used on an Ontario farm; having the potential for use on a broader basis and having a positive impact on the agriculture industry.

The winners from Sarnia-Lambton were:

Ausable Produce- innovative packaging
Minten Family Farms- environmental transportation of compost material
Munro Honey- breeding and selling of bees and beekeeping equipment

George Mallay, General Manager, Economic Partnership, applauded these companies for embracing new ideas and technologies. He said, "this prize demonstrates that Sarnia-Lambton's agriculture industry is working to be on the leading edge. This fits in well with our economic strategy to develop alternative energies and bio-materials using mostly agricultural inputs."

To view the original press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, go to www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/infores/releases/2007/033007.htm.


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Media contact:
George Mallay
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Tel: (519) 332-1820