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 traditionally 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.  With the cancellation of the 2020 Stampede as a result of the global pandemic, last year's winners could not be recognized in the traditional way.  However, their passion for farming and dedicationto their communities and family farms remains significant, particularly during these challenging times.   

Goal
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

Requirements:

  • 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.

2020 Farm Family Award Nominees:

 

Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 12, 2021
Location: BMO Centre