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 2018 BMO Farm Family Awards

BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards Honouring Eleven Ontario Families   OntarioFarmFamilyAwards Colour-250 


BMO Bank of Montreal and the Ontario Plowmen's Association will honour 11 farm families at the annual BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards during the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Pain Court, Ontario on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

The BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards recognize the outstanding contributions made by farmers across the province by bringing the community together to celebrate both these exceptional families and the vital urban-rural relationship.

The winning families will be celebrated during the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, which runs Sept. 18 to 22 in Chatham-Kent. The awards presentation is set for the Pride Seeds Main Stage on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. This year’s recipients are:

Farm Name

Family Name

Farm Location

Oshadenah Holsteins

Anstice Family


Shayrina Sheep Farm

Bishop Family


Bradley Farms

Bradley Family


DeGoeys Flowers

DeGoey Family


Foxburg Enterprises, Inc.

Fox Family


Clovermead Apiaries

Hiemstra Family


Koch Farms/Agri Sales Inc.

Koch Family


McNaughton Farm

McNaughton Family


Pryme Farms

Prins Family


R. B. R. Fur Farms Limited

Rankin Family


Raisinview Farms

Zummach Family


“BMO has a long history of supporting the agricultural community, and we are proud to join with the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, to honour these families and their contributions to the rural way of life that is the very heart of Canada” says Julie Barker-Merz, Senior Vice-President, South Western Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.  “The BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards recognize the contributions made by farmers across the province, from their deep roots in the community to the stewardship of the lands on which they work, and the values of hard work and commitment that they embody. These 11 families demonstrate how heritage and innovation can work hand in hand to further farming in the province.”

“Ontario's farm families contribute to their community and to the province in so many significant ways,” says Cathy Lasby, Executive Director, Ontario Plowmen's Association. “They uphold the traditions of the past while strengthening Ontario's economic growth, and it is truly an honour to recognize them.”

BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards, which have been handed out annually since 2012, have seen the efforts of 72 families throughout the province celebrated.