Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) and Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together to advance Ontario innovation in the agri-food industry.
The MOU means the organizations will collaborate on information sharing, finding solutions to critical grain industry problems, and impact assessment and viability analysis of new innovations, technologies, and solutions for the grain industry.
“The farming sector is looking for new technologies that will help sustainably boost production and increase efficiencies and this new partnership will harness the strength and expertise of our national business and innovation network for grain industry growth,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “Ontario’s grain farmers are already strong supporters of research and innovation and we look forward to providing the sector with mentorship, promotion opportunities, and strategic guidance to help grow innovative grain businesses.”
The partnership will also provide support to food and agri-tech start-ups and early-stage companies in the province, through programs including GFO‘s Grains Innovation Fund. It will also connect grain researchers to innovative companies and projects using Ontario grain, creating new opportunities for the grain industry from farm to table, the producer group says.
“Innovation lies at the heart of true growth, and agriculture is a growing area for new technology, new ideas and new practices. By working with Bioenterprise, we will help shape the future of the agri-food industry and open new doors for Ontario grains,” says Paul Hoekstra, vice president of strategic development at GFO. “There are many opportunities for us to work with companies that are members of Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine and showcase the quality, safety and ubiquitous nature of our grain, as well as connect our research community with engaging projects and agri-food businesses.”
Bioenterprise has agriculture-related partners across Canada, including in Alberta and Nova Scotia.