Farm Facts and Furrows

2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program

Now Accepting Applications: Have you developed and implemented an innovative product or process within your agriculture or food business? If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program: Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000), Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000), Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each) and Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each). Eligible applicants include: primary producers/farmers, processors and agri-food organizations. A copy of the program guidebook and application form, as well as information on previous award recipients is available at or by calling 1-877-424-1300.

Applications will be accepted until 5 pm, Friday, April 10, 2015.


Small Business Lighting Program

This program is to save money and reduce energy use with simple lighting upgrades. A farm in Ontario can participate in the program and take advantage of this offer of up to $1,500 in free lighting and equipment upgrades. SaveONenergy Small Business Lighting is a conservation program that offers businesses like yours up to $1,500 in free, energy-efficient upgrades improvements that will save on electricity costs. Plus, get access to additional incentives. The program offers: A free assessment to identify possible energy savings up to $1,500 of energy-efficient retrofits including all equipment and labour. Your participation in the program will not only help you manage your electricity costs, it demonstrates your support for a cleaner environment and benefits your community. Owners and tenants with a general service account of less than 50 kW. Bulk and submeter customers may also apply. If you’re not the building owner, you’ll simply need the landlord’s permission to authorize these energy upgrades. You can get started with three simple steps. Assess your business: A qualified Hydro One representative will come to your business and offer a free energy assessment of your lighting and electric water heating. Once the assessment is complete, you will receive a list of recommended energy-efficiency upgrades for your consideration. Identify your options: The Hydro One representative will identify your best retrofit options and once the assessment is completed, you can decide how much work you want done. They will help you identify a project with a value of up to $1,500. If you choose to have that work done, there is absolutely no cost to you. There may be opportunities for further energy efficiency retrofits above the $1,500 allowance. Further incentives apply beyond the $1,500 in free upgrades.

Install the upgrades: once the work order and customer agreements are signed, an appointment will be made for a licensed electrical contractor to come and complete the retrofit at your convenience. The installations are quick and can be made while your business is open. If you are interested visit www.

Lighting or for more information call: 1-866-932-8283