2020 BMO Farm Family Awards

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.

This invitational reception will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 and will take place at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre, Stampede Park in Calgary.

To name and recognize outstanding Alberta 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 and Agri-Food at the Calgary Stampede
  • to increase the awareness of the high ideals of Agriculture, Agri-Food and the opportunities of rural living


  • Farm families must be actively involved in their community and either Agriculture or Agri-Food 
  • Agriculture or Agri-Food must provide the major source of income
  • Must be active in primary Agriculture or Agri-Food 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.


2020 Farm Family Award Nominees

  • Cardston County - Nelson Family
  • County of Forty Mile - 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 – Wilson Family
  • MD of Taber – Torsius Family
  • MD of Willow Creek – Poelman Family
  • Mountain View County – Miller Family
  • Rocky View County – Schissel Family
  • Special Area No. 2 – Kingcott family
  • Special Area No. 3 - Lyon Family
  • Starland County – Chambers Family
  • Vulcan County – Roe Family
  • Wheatland County – Koester Family


Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 6, 2020
Location: BMO Centre