2008 BMO Farm Family Award Winners Honoured at the Calgary Stampede

    -   Honourable George Groeneveld, Alberta Minister of Agriculture and
        Rural Development speaks at awards ceremony
    -   Ted McCarron, Senior Vice President, Prairies, BMO Bank of Montreal,
        presents awards, farm gate signs and Stampede rodeo tickets to 18
        farm family winners

    CALGARY, July 7 /CNW/ - The 2008 BMO Farm Family Awards were presented
today to 18 hard-working families who have made a difference in Alberta's
agriculture industry. The southern Alberta farm families were selected by
Alberta Agriculture Service Board representatives, and were recognized for
their outstanding contributions by the title sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal at
an awards ceremony at the Stampede.
    "The Farm Family Awards are an excellent way to raise awareness of the
importance of agriculture, not only historically at the Calgary Stampede, but
to the overall economy of Alberta," said Ted McCarron, Senior Vice President,
Prairies Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "These families are outstanding
examples of how far farm management has come and the tremendous contributions
these families make to enriching rural life in Alberta."
    The Awards focus on the importance of farming as a diverse and compelling
business sector, the unique ideals and opportunities of rural living and the
manner in which farm families are actively involved in their community.
    "With the agricultural roots of the Stampede so deeply entwined with the
historic settlement of the West, we are proud to recognize families who uphold
the traditions of the past while helping the province's future economic
growth," said Dr. David Chalack, Vice-chairman of the Calgary Stampede.
    The families receive free admission to Stampede Park, a BMO Bank of
Montreal Farm Family Awards limited edition pin and a Stampede Rodeo ticket.
    Each family had a professional photograph taken and was presented with a
personalized farm gate sign.

    The winners of the 2008 BMO Farm Family Awards are:

    Barg Family              County of Newell No. 4
    Farquharson Family       MD of Rockyview No. 44
    Gillespie Family         Special Areas No. 2
    Gouw Family              MD of Taber
    Hammel Family            County of Forty Mile
    Hansen Family            Vulcan County
    Hern Family              Special Areas No. 3
    Hillmer Family           Cardston County
    Humfrey Families         MD of Foothills No. 31
    Husted Families          MD of Willow Creek
    Kaupp Family             County of Warner
    Mastin Family            Mountain View County
    Mercer Family            County of Lethbridge
    Mowat Family             MD of Ranchland No. 66
    Reed Family              Starland County
    Rowbottom Family         Kneehill County
    Stewart Family           Wheatland County
    Welsch Family            MD of Pincher Creek

    Detailed biographies are available at http://www.stampedeagriculture.com.
Please contact us for a photo of the family in your area.

    The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community
organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The
Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta
through its world-renowned 10-day Calgary Stampede, year-round facilities,
products and services and agricultural programs that foster understanding of
the agricultural industry. All revenue generated is reinvested into Calgary
Stampede programs and facilities.

For further information:

For further information: Doug Fraser, Media Relations Manager, Calgary
Stampede, T (403) 261-0242, C (403) 585-3376, E dfraser@calgarystampede.com, F
(403) 261-0190; Laurie Grant, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, BMO
Financial Group, T (604) 665-7596, C (604) 318-0735, E laurie.grant@bmo.com

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