Calgary –BMO Bank of Montreal and the Calgary Stampede recognized 20 southern Alberta families for their incredible contributions and honourable efforts to Alberta’s agriculture at the 19th annual BMO Farm Family Awards today.


"The BMO Farm Family Awards are an exciting way for both farmers and ranchers in the province to come together, show support for and promote the increasingly important urban-rural relationship," said Mike Darling, Regional Vice President, Commercial Banking, Southern Alberta, BMO Bank of Montreal. "These families have successfully melded the ideas and traditions of the past with modern agri-business practices. Further, these significant advancements in farm management highlight the impact these best practices have made on the Alberta economy."


The Hon. Verlyn Olson, QC, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, was present along with BMO’s Mike Darling and Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede, to congratulate the winners of the 2014 BMO Farm Family Awards.


"Today’s modern farm families are both savvy entrepreneurs and innovators, who continue to embrace new techniques to improve their day-to-day operations and put high quality food on our tables," said Minister Olson. "Their hard work and commitment to their families and communities makes them part of the bedrock of our agriculture sector and rural Alberta. It is an honour to recognize this year’s award recipients for their achievements."


The BMO farm families are chosen by the Alberta Agricultural Service Board; the awards are given to families who demonstrate various environmental initiatives and skills that have changed farming communities around southern Alberta. The BMO Farm Family Award recipients demonstrate a strong commitment and passion to the rural way of life, assisting their communities and sharing knowledge with the up-and-coming generation. All of their attributes positively represent western heritage and family values.


"The Stampede is pleased to recognize and honour the chosen families who make a difference in Alberta communities by demonstrating new agriculture innovations and practices," said Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede.


The winners of the 2014 BMO Farm Family Awards are: Farm Family

Family Name


Wickstrom Farms Ltd.

The Wickstrom family

County of Vulcan

Hatview Dairy Farm Ltd.

The Weiss Family

MD of Cypress

The Diamond V Ranch

Wambeke Family

MD of Foothills No. 31

Silver Top Dairies

William & Rita Van Rootselaar & Family

MD of Willow Creek No.26

Thistle Ridge Ranch

Ben & Carol Tams

MD of Taber

Sereda Farms Ltd.

Ron & Sereda Family

County of Newell

Sawyer Farms Ltd.

Matthew Sawyer

County of Kneehill

Lone Star Cattle Company

Ron & Carla Ostrom

County of Wheatland

The Nelson Family Farm

Rod Nelson & Family

County of Starland

Morison Family Farms

Rod Morison & Family

County of Rocky View

Chinook Country Farms

Larry & Joy Gano

County of Mountain View

Snake Trail Hereford Ranch

Howard Davis & Family

MD of Pincher Creek, No. 9

Tony Crooymans & Sons

The Crooyman Family

County of Forty Mile, No. 8

Caseley Farms

Jack Caseley & Family

Special Areas No. 4

Blake Family Farm

John & Rod Blake & Family

MD of Ranchland

B H Farms Ltd.

The Bergen-Henengouwen Family

County of Lethbridge

The Barfuss Farm

The Darcy Barfuss Family

County of Cardston

Dick Farm

David & Jackie Dick

Special Areas No. 3

Olsen Prairie Farms

The Olsen Family

County of Warner No. 5

G&L Christensen Farm Ltd.

Grant and Linda Christensen 

Special Areas No. 2