Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2007 Simcoe Regional Award Winners

 

Kernal Peanuts Ltd. - Norfolk County

Ernie and Nancy Racz; Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Leona Dombrowsky

(Left to right: Ernie and Nancy Racz; Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Leona Dombrowsky)

Back in 1977, farmer Ernie Racz was looking to exit the tobacco business and planted a few rows of peanuts as an experiment. Today he is the largest peanut grower in Canada. In addition to harvesting peanuts, he hosts tours and has added a processing plant and retail store to the operation. Kernal Peanuts Ltd. continues to be innovative. Used peanut oil is stockpiled for use as bio-diesel fuel, peanut shells are recycled on-site for fuel, and the farm has developed a new strain of black peanut that will be marketed as a novelty item. While the imported peanut market is a tough nut to crack, this business is helping to move more Ontario product into consumers' hands.


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Creation Date: May 14th, 2008
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