2014 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards
Top Ten BMO Ontario Farm Families Announced! 2014 Award Winner Bios
The Ontario Plowmen's Association is proud to announce the 2014 recipients of the BMO Ontario Farm Family Award! They are listed below, in alphabetical order according to County:
|County||Farm Name||Family Name|
|Bruce||JSE Farms||The Eby Family|
|Chatham-Kent||Roy and Betty Anderson||Anderson Family|
|Elgin||Lunnvale Farms||The Lunn Family|
|Frontenac County||Eilevale Farm||The Sleeth Family|
|Hastings||Huffmandale Holsteins Ltd.||Edward Huffman/Edwin Huffman|
|Huron||George Underwood Farms||George and Helen Underwood|
|Renfrew||Davdonest Farms||The Reid Family|
|Stormont||Stanlee Farms Inc.||Jim & Nancy Wert|
|Wentworth (South)||Don-Mair Farm||Dale and Marie Smith|
|Wentworth(North)||Cox Farms||William and Marjorie Cox|
The BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards were created to promote renewed urban-rural relationships and recognize outstanding Ontario farm families who best represent the value of the family farmer. The program focuses on recognizing the contributions these families make to enhancing quality of life in their agricultural communities.
The families will be honoured at the 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Ivy, Ontario. Honourees will be hosted at a recognition program on Saturday, September 20, and will enjoy a day long itinerary of Plowing Match events, including lunch and a family photograph session.
The recipients of the 2014 BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards each demonstrate the critical role they play in furthering Ontario agriculture. We are proud to recognize families who uphold the traditions of the past while helping the province’s ongoing economic growth. We believe that through these awards we will be able to showcase how the values and hard work of the farm family enhance our quality of life.
The importance of Ontario’s agricultural sector has been a constant theme of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association and an important component of BMO Bank of Montreal’s commercial banking business in the province. The Awards focus attention 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.
Each local Ontario Plowmen’s Association branch had the opportunity to select a BMO Ontario Farm Family Award recipient (located within their branch’s geographical boundary) based on their contribution to the community and their own farming expertise. The family chosen does not have to be an OPA member. The Awards recognize families who take an innovative approach to growing their business in the agriculture industry, and at the same time demonstrate a commitment to traditional values.