Ten families from across Ontario will be formally recognized for their dedication to Ontario's agriculture sector and the rural way of life at the 2013 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo being held Sept. 17 to Sept. 21 in Mitchell, Perth County.
The IPM is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Earlier in the year, 35 family farms were nominated for the 2013 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award which is in its second year. Eastern Ontario families included Lachlan Glen Farms - The MacLachlan's (Glengarry), Wynfarms - The Wynand's (Grenville), Jockbrae Farms - The Foster's (Lanark), Rowspine Farms - The Grant's (Leeds), Navandale Farm(s) - The McWilliams' (Ottawa-Carleton), Frogholm Holsteins and Jerseys - The Waldroff's (Stormont ), Broederdale Farms - The Broeder's (Frontenac Wolfe Island ) and award recipients E.E. Bennett & Sons Farms Ltd. from Frontenac County and CMcB Holsteins - The McBride's from Renfrew County.
In a BMO press release, Cathy Lasby, Executive Director, Ontario Plowmen's Association said "Ontario's farm families contribute to their community and to the province in so many significant ways. They uphold the traditions of the past while strengthening Ontario's economic growth, and it is truly an honour to recognize them."
Other recipients are: McIntosh Family(Bruce), Altona Lea Farms -The Barkey Family (Durham Region), Weblyn Farms -The Weber Family (Grey County-Normanby), Heather Holme Holsteins-The McNeil Family (Huron), Burnham Family Farm Market - The Burnham Family (Northumberland), Brander Farms -The Brander Family (Peel Dufferin), Fennema Holsteins-The Ringelberg Family (Hamilton Wentworth (North) and Cranston Farms - The Cranston Family (Hamilton Wentworth (South).
BMO has been a supporter of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo since 2007, but became an inclusive Presenting Partner with a four-year term (2012 to 2016) As part of the partnership, BMO introduced the inaugural Farm Family Awards in Ontario in 2012.