Federal Agriculture ministry seeks nomination for awards of excellence

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is seeking nominations for the 2008 Canadian Agri-Food awards of excellence. Those awards honour the best in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food.

“We are looking for inno­vative thinkers and entrepre­neurs that are moving Canadian agriculture forward everyday,” said Federal Agriculture Min­is­ter Gerry Ritz. “Canadian pro­ducers are world renowned and we want to make sure they get the recognition they deserve.”

Rob McLaughlin, president of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, said, “These awards give well-deserved re­cog­nition to those individuals. The Royal is proud to be a partner in these national awards that recognize Canadian indivi­duals, organizations and com­pan­ies for their outstanding contributions to the agricultural industry.”

Held in partnership with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the national awards celebrate outstanding achievement in youth leadership, innovation, awareness and education, envi­ronmental stewardship, export performance and voluntarism. 

Nominations for the Cana­dian Agri-Food awards of excellence will be accepted until Sept. 15. The awards will be presented on Nov. 10 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Winners will be notified in advance.

Selection criteria and nomi­nation forms are available at www.agr.gc.ca/awards or by con­tacting Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada by phone at 1 800-410-7104 or email info@agr.gc.ca.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair can be reached at 416-263-3411.