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. 

Nominations are now closed for 2023.

Recognize excellence in farming within the Municipal District of Taber. Nominate a farmer who excels in farming practices, management, conservation, and community involvement.

Nomination forms are available here (PDF) or at the MD of Taber Administration Office 403-223-3541 and the Operations & Maintenance facility 403-223-3142. Forms can be picked up in person or requested by mail.

Send nominations to:

BMO Farm Family of the Year Award Contest
Municipal District of Taber
4900-B 50 Street
Taber, AB T1G 1T2

For inquiries, contact Agricultural Services at 403-223-8735.

The BMO Farm Family of the Year will be honoured at the Municipal District of Taber's Agricultural Service Board meeting and invited to the Calgary Stampede, joining exemplary farming families from across the Province. View our Calgary Stampede & Bank of Montreal Farm Family Award Policy here.

1997 – Randy & Anne Luehr

1998 – Huvanaars Seed Farms Ltd.

1999 – Stamp’s Select Seeds

2000 – Brian & Evelyn Conrad

2001 – No nominee

2002 – Nakamura Farms Ltd. 

2003 – Geremia Farms 

2004 – Oseen Farms 

2005 – DeGroot Farms – John & Sandra DeGroot & Family 

2006 – Welsh Family Farm – James, Cindy & Jason Welsh 

2007 – Midland Colony, Jon Kleinsasser & Family 

2008 – Gouw Quality Onions, Casey Sr., Casey Jr. & Kyle Gouw 

2009 – Tri R Farms, Tim & Patricia Redekop 

2010 – No nominee 

2011 – No nominee 

2012 – Dry Coulee, Doug & Anita Jensen 

2013 – Zelenka Farms Ltd., Robert & Carol Zelenka & Family 

2014 – Thistle Ridge Ranch, Ben & Carol Tams Family 

2015 – Pepneck Family Farm, Pepneck Family 

2016 – Molnar’s Taber Corn & Pumpkins, James & Jennifer Molnar Family 

2017 – Reynolds Family Farm, Murray and Helen Reynolds 

2018 – Tall Land & Cattle Company, Tom Machacek Family 

2019 – Linrich Farms Ltd., Richard and Linda Huvenaars 

2020 – Torsius Tater Farms, Bill Torsius Family

2021 – Covid 19

2022 – Brent & Lynda Unruh

2023 – Chin Ridge Farms, Lawrence Barany Family

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