Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Kraayenbrink Farms Limited - Wellington County

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Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs , Betty and Jake Kraayenbrink

Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs , Betty and Jake Kraayenbrink

Jake Kraayenbrink seeks out innovative solutions to technical challenges. His winning idea involves a system that can quickly inflate and deflate tires on agricultural equipment. Kraayenbrink worked with a Canada-based company to modify a truck tire system so that it could inflate/deflate tires faster since an agricultural operation may need to do this as often as three or four times per hour. There is no other system like this in use in North America. Benefits include reduced compaction, improved crop production and yields, and reduced horsepower and fuel needs. The innovation also helps extend tire life and increases safety when traveling on roadways. Farmers like Kraayenbrink are driving innovation in Ontario.


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