The Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal recognized 18 southern Alberta families for their outstanding contributions to the Alberta agricultural sector. Each farm family from southern Alberta was nominated for combining the ideals and traditions of the past with advanced agribusiness practices.
The BMO Farm Family Award recipients were chosen by the Alberta Agricultural Service Board based on the difference they have made to the farming community. The awards highlight many innovations and skilled business and environmental practices of Alberta farmers and ranchers within an industry that also upholds western heritage and family values. “These families are outstanding examples of how far farm management has come and the tremendous contributions they make to the Alberta economy,” said Bill Hogg, vice-president, Alberta/NWT Commercial District, BMO Bank of Montreal.
All of the families are deeply involved in their local community. At least 16 out of 18 employ environmental practices, such as wildlife habitat retention and 10 have lived in the same place for over a century, passing on the family operation from generation to generation. “We are proud to recognize these farm families who uphold the traditions of the past while strengthening Alberta’s economic growth,” said Mike Casey, president and chairman of the board for the Calgary Stampede.