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2008 BMO Farm Family Award Winners Honoured at the Calgary Stampede


* Honourable George Groeneveld, Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development speaks at awards ceremony
* Ted McCarron, Senior Vice President, Prairies, BMO Bank of Montreal, presents awards, farm gate signs and Stampede rodeo tickets to 18 farm family winners

The 2008 BMO Farm Family Awards were presented today to 18 hard-working families who have made a difference in Alberta’s agriculture industry. The southern Alberta farm families were selected by Alberta Agriculture Service Board representatives, and were recognized for their outstanding contributions by the title sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal at an awards ceremony at the Stampede.

“The Farm Family Awards are an excellent way to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture, not only historically at the Calgary Stampede, but to the overall economy of Alberta,” said Ted McCarron, Senior Vice President, Prairies Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. “These families are outstanding examples of how far farm management has come and the tremendous contributions these families make to enriching rural life in Alberta.”.

The Awards focus on the importance of farming as a diverse and compelling business sector, the unique ideals and opportunities of rural living and the manner in which farm families are actively involved in their community.

“With the agricultural roots of the Stampede so deeply entwined with the historic settlement of the West, we are proud to recognize families who uphold the traditions of the past while helping the province’s future economic growth,” said Dr. David Chalack, Vice-chairman of the Calgary Stampede.

The families receive free admission to Stampede Park, a BMO Bank of Montreal Farm Family Awards limited edition pin and a Stampede Rodeo ticket.

Each family had a professional photograph taken and was presented with a personalized farm gate sign.

The winners of the 2008 BMO Farm Family Awards are:
Barg Family County of Newell No. 4
Farquharson Family MD of Rockyview No. 44
Gillespie Family Special Areas No. 2
Gouw Family MD of Taber
Hammel Family County of Forty Mile
Hansen Family Vulcan County
Hern Family Special Areas No. 3
Hillmer Family Cardston County
Humfrey Families MD of Foothills No. 31
Husted Families MD of Willow Creek
Kaupp Family County of Warner
Mastin Family Mountain View County
Mercer Family County of Lethbridge
Mowat Family MD of Ranchland No. 66
Reed Family Starland County
Rowbottom Family Kneehill County
Stewart Family Wheatland County
Welsch Family MD of Pincher Creek


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