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November 9, 2016

The stats are in and more than 140 enthusiastic farmers and tech experts attended the Ag 4.0 Summit & Innovation Tour at Meaford Hall last week making the event a tremendous success. The two-day event hosted by Grey County highlighted creative technological innovation in agriculture. More than 140 delegates took in the Summit on November 2, including 10 streaming the event online. Fifty delegates participated in the Innovation Tour on November 3 and toured some of the area’s most innovative farms and businesses.

“Ag 4.0 wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible enthusiasm, generous support, and wonderful participation from Grey County’s community and business leaders, agricultural producers, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and innovators,” said Ashleigh Weeden, Project Lead for Grey County.  “We’re excited by the conversations that started at the Summit and thrilled to have shone a spotlight on our producers during the Innovation Tour. We can’t wait to continue building on the incredible momentum of being a center of excellence in rural innovation.”

Ag 4.0 is one of the projects that made Grey County one of the Smart21 Communities of the Year. The Smart21 recognizes communities that embrace technology and use it to improve prosperity and inclusiveness.

“Farming and food production continues to be a critical driver in our local economy and we believe digital and connective technology is the next big thing for agriculture. Ag 4.0 was a platform to bring together experts from both of these fields and start Grey County on a path to becoming an innovation hub for ag and tech,” said Weeden.

The event also gained traction online.  Ag 4.0 was mentioned more than 400 times on Twitter and reached more than 100,000 people.

Complete recordings of the event will be available later in November for anyone who missed out.

For more information contact Rob Hatten, Communications Officer, at robert.hatten@grey.ca or 519-376-0219 ext. 1235.

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