Agribusiness in Eastern Ontario was the focus of a roundtable discussion. The event was held at the farm of Dawn and John Wynands on Saturday. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, along with MPP Steve Clark, took part in the discussion.
Hardeman says the province is committed to reducing red tape and easing regulatory burden for farmers – both in Eastern Ontario and right across the province – so they can be more profitable and create jobs.
Farmers and agribusiness representatives gathered to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the agriculture sector.
Two of the four Ontario Local Food Champions from Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes were recognized during the roundtable.
Debbie Wilson from Grahame’s Bakery in Kemptville and Rob Heuvel and Laura Bradley from King’s Lock Craft Distillery in Johnstown were on hand to receive certificates.
The Local Food Champion program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses who have demonstrated leadership in putting local food on Ontario family tables.