Calgary (Rural Roots Canada) – 19 farm families who exemplify a commitment to agriculture and their communities are being recognized by BMO and the Calgary Stampede.
The 2020 BMO Farm Family Awards, which were to be awarded during last year’s Stampede, had to be moved when the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth was cancelled due to the pandemic.
While the event was postponed, the Stampede says in a statement, the passion for farming and dedication to their communities and family farms remains significant, particularly during these difficult times.
— Calgary Stampede (@calgarystampede) February 23, 2021
“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.
The municipal districts nominate the 19 families.
Alberta Minister of Agriculture Devin Dreeshen says family farms are the bedrock of the province’s agriculture.
“Their passion and dedication to preserving their land and way of life is a testament to their grit and innovation,” said Dreeshen.
“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,”
Each farm family will receive a personalized gate sign.
Here is a list of the winning families:
|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|
To learn more about the families, click here.