BMO Farm Family Awards

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Every year, the Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal recognize outstanding farm families in southern Alberta. The awards program was created to promote a renewed urban-rural relationship and to recognize outstanding southern Alberta farm families who best typify the value of the family farmer to our society. The program focuses on recognizing the contribution to the enhancement of quality of life as a family unit. Each year, the municipal districts in southern Alberta nominate one family. The families are brought to the Stampede for the BMO Farm Family Awards, which includes a reception, greetings from Alberta's Minister of Agriculture, brunch, awards presentation, and family photograph session. The winning families are then treated to an afternoon Stampede Rodeo performance. The 2015 BMO Farm Family Awards will be held on Monday, July 6 at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre.




Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 6, 2015
Location: Palomino Room

This invitational reception will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 and will take place at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary.


To name and recognize outstanding Albertan farm families in the districts South of Red Deer.

Purpose of Award:

  • to promote the relationship between urban and rural people
  • to focus on Agriculture at the Calgary Stampede
  • to increase the awareness of the high ideals of Agriculture and the opportunities of rural living


  • farm families must be actively involved in both agriculture and their community
  • agriculture must provide the major source of income
  • must be active in primary agriculture and have members residing on farm

Who nominates:
Alberta Agriculture Service Board representatives from the various districts/ municipalities

What happens next:
All nominees are honored at the Farm Family Award Ceremonies held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. It is at the ceremony and brunch that the families meet with BMO Bank of Montreal representatives, government officials, Calgary Stampede Board Members, and Stampede Royalty. Each family member receives free admission to the park, a Farm Family Awards limited edition pin, and an afternoon rodeo ticket. Professional family photographs will be taken and each family will be presented with a personalized farm gate sign.

Congratulations to the families who were nominated for the 2015 Farm Family Awards!

Cardston County - Bar XT Farms, J.R. & Nicki Thompson

County of Forty Mile No. 8 - Specialty Seeds Ltd., Will & Jean Van Roessel

County of Newell - Brookside Farms Ltd., John & Charlotte Dyck; John & Gisela Dyck; Thomas & Pam Dyck

County of Warner - Ken & Nora Balog

Cypress County - Peter-Built Farms, Trevor & Janet Biemans

Lethbridge County - DRT Farms Ltd., Darren & Kim Taylor

MD of Foothills #31 - Hansen Farms, Harold & Rick Hansen & families

MD of Pincher Creek #39 - Brylor Ranch, Bryan & Sherry Mackenzie

MD of Taber - Pepneck Family Farm, Pepneck Family

MD of Willow Creek No. 26 - The Hall Farm, Roy,Karen, Byron, Brandon, Randal & Fred Hall

Mountain View County - Overguard Land & Cattle Company, Dennis & Joanne Overguard

Rocky View County - Rockyview Farm, Eric Longeway; Debbie, Danielle & Jeff Lee, Ken & Eric Longeway

Special Areas #2 - Quast Family Farms, Oscar, Glenn, Michelle & Brian Quast

Special Areas #3 - Twin R Ranching, Rob & Rick Mundt & Families

Starland County - Riggs Farms Ltd., Riggs, Wolf & Wynia Families

Vulcan County - Groves Family Farm, Dale & Diane Groves & Family

Wheatland County - Walker's Farm, Ernest & Joyce Walker; Dale, Michelle, Brittany, Breanne & Braden Walker


Complete biographies of each honoured family are available here.

  • Presenting Sponsor
  • BMO - Farm Family