Calgary – Following a year of unprecedented circumstances, BMO Bank of Montreal and the Calgary Stampede are proud to belatedly recognize the southern Alberta farm families who received 2020 BMO Farm Family Awards. Each year 19 families are selected for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their community, and are traditionally celebrated at a special awards ceremony during the annual Calgary Stampede. With the cancellation of the 2020 Stampede as a result of the global pandemic, last year’s winners could not be recognized in the traditional way. However, their passion for farming and dedication to their communities and family farms remains significant, particularly during these challenging times.
“The BMO Farm Family Awards recognize the positive contributions farmers across Alberta have made to their communities and the vital role they play in the health and sustainability of the economy,” said Lynda Taylor, Senior Vice President and Head, Agriculture and Agribusiness, BMO Bank of Montreal. “BMO has a long and proud history of supporting Canada’s agricultural community, and we are thrilled to honour the leadership, innovative approach to farming, and commitment to western values that these families have shown. Congratulations to 2020’s winning families.”
The BMO Farm Family Awards aim to maintain a primary focus on agriculture and agri-food at the Calgary Stampede and within southern Alberta, promote the relationship between urban and rural communities and create awareness about agriculture and the value of the family farm. Every year, each of the municipal districts in southern Alberta nominates one family who displays the qualities of a Farm Family to be recognized for their accomplishments.
“Family farms are the bedrock of Alberta agriculture. Their passion and dedication to preserving their land and way of life is a testament to their grit and innovation. Farming isn’t easy – it constantly evolves. There are tough moments that can strain families and test their resolve but these farm families represent the best of the strongest, longest-lasting industry in Alberta and they’re just getting started,” said Alberta Minister of Agriculture, Devin Dreeshen.
Each Farm Family will receive a personalized gate sign celebrating their recognition as a BMO Farm Family Award winner. To learn more about the 2020 recipients, click here.
The winners of the 2020 BMO Farm Family Awards are:
|Cardston County||Nelson Family|
|County of Forty Mile No. 8||Noga Family|
|County of Newell||Johnson Family|
|County of Warner||Taylor Family|
|Cypress County||Dick Family|
|Foothills County||Nauta Family|
|Kneehill County||Benedict Family|
|Lethbridge County||Slomp Family|
|MD of Pincher Creek||Clark Family|
|MD of Ranchland No. 66||Wilson Family|
|MD of Taber||Torsius Family|
|MD of Willow Creek #26||Poelman Family|
|Mountain View County||Miller Family|
|Rocky View County||Schissel Family|
|Special Areas No. 2||Kingcott Family|
|Special Areas No. 3||Lyon Family|
|Starland County||Chambers Family|
|Vulcan County||Roe Family|
|Wheatland County||Koester Family|