The agtech sector is extremely important for Canada. Canadian agriculture produced as much food in 2006 as in 1961 using half the inputs, through advances in innovation and technology – that’s awesome. Canada continues to be one of the world’s largest agriculture and agri-food producing countries and Peterborough’s agriculture sector generates an excess of $400 million in economic activity annually.
Our partners at the Peterborough Agricultural Society play a large role in fostering this sector and recently announced changes to their Board of Directors that will be able to assist with the goal they launched last year of generating awareness and promoting innovation and technology in Peterborough’s agriculture sector. Ryan Moore is returning for another term as President of the Peterborough Agricultural Society and our CEO Michael Skinner has moved up to First Vice President of the Society.
The board has also expanded to 7 new directors with a variety of backgrounds in agriculture, innovation, technology and economic development. The new board directors include: Andressa Lacerda, NobleGen; Marcelo Sarkis, Prima IP; Jamey Coughlin, Peterborough Economic Development; Shawn Berry; Evan Stanley, Dairy Farmer and Cattle Fitter; and Laura Mann and Rebecca Bastian as new junior members.
“Our board is excited to move forward with planning for the upcoming year, including more community engagement, organizing the 172nd Peterborough Exhibition, and continuing a focus on highlighting innovation and technology’s role in our local agricultural sector,” says President Ryan Moore.
Agriculture is a huge target for disruption because the modern consumer is more informed, demanding locally grown, sustainable food with fewer chemicals. This means that there are limitless opportunities for startups to play in these new markets.
Peterborough is lucky to be home to many of these disruptors who have worked closely with the Innovation Cluster over the years. Entomo Farms, Chimp Treats, GoatGen and Locavorest are a few of our clients who have challenged the status quo in agriculture. With everything from Enotmo Farms, a global leader in the cultivation of cricket flour, cricket powder and insect protein; delivering the planet’s most sustainable food source, to Locavorest, an online farmers market, Peterborough is on pace to create waves in this promising sector.
SAVE THE DATE: The 172nd Peterborough Exhibition is set to take place August 10-13, 2017 at Morrow Park where the Innovation Cluster will host it’s second annual Innovation Zone to showcase the incredible agtech startups in the Peterborough region.
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