2018 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 for their contributions and commitment to agriculture and their communities. The awards program was created to value these farm families who best typify the value of the family farmer to our society, as well as celebrate families who take an innovative approach to growing their business, demonstrate a commitment to traditional western values and maintain an excpetional standard of sustainability.  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 2018 BMO Farm Family Awards will be held on Monday, July 9 at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre.

Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 9, 2018
Location: BMO Centre

This invitational reception will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 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 municipal districts south of Red Deer.

Purpose of Award:

  • to recognize oustanding contributions that farm familes make to their communities
  • to celebrate families who take an innovative approach to gorwing their business, demonstrate commitment to traditional western values and maintain exceptional standard of sustainability
  • to increase the awareness of the high ideals of the way of life in agriculture and rural citizenship


  • 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 southern Alberta 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 following 20 families nominated for the 2018 BMO Farm Family Awards:

Cardston County:  Stanford Farms; Gary & Diane Stanford Family

County of Forty Mile No. 8:  Doran Family Farm; Terry & Jacquie Doran

County of Newell:  S&J Skanderup Farms Ltd; Stephen & Judy Skanderup

County of Warner:  Weir-Turner Ranch; Douglas & Audrey Turner Family

Cypress County:  K Lazy T Angus; Kody & Keith Traxel Families

Kneehill County:  Hoppins Farm; William & Rose Hoppins Family

Lethbridge County:  Trautman Cattle Co.; Allen & Geri Trautman

MD of Foothills No. 31:  Tullichewan Ranch Ltd.; John & Elizabeth Campbell & Sons

MD of Pincher Creek: Yagos Ranching Ltd.: Bruno & Susan Yagos

MD of Ranchland No. 66:  TL Cattle Company Ltd.; Rod & Lyle Blades Family

MD of Taber:  Tall Land & Cattle Company; Tom & Darla Machacek Family

MD of Willow Creek #26:  McNab Ranch; Stan & Jean McNab

Mountain View County:  Olsen Family Farm; Neil & Jane Olsen

Rocky View County:  Taks Farm; Murray & Reba Taks & Family

Special Areas No. 2:  Rosin Family Farm; Larry & Rosemary Rosin

Special Areas No. 3:  Duque Family Farm:  Carlos & Donna Mae Duque

Special Areas No. 4:  Hutchings Farm Ltd.: Darren & Kelly Hutchings

Starland County:  Sharpe Family Farm; Len & Jeff Sharpe Families

Vulcan County:  M & K Honess Farms Ltd.; Mitch & Kelsey Honess

Wheatland County:  Rasmussen Family Farm; Brian & Shelley Rasmussen