BMO Bank of Montreal

BMO Bank of Montreal

April 22, 2011 09:00 ET

REPEAT-BMO: Hop into Spring this Holiday Weekend by Supporting Canadian Farmers

- Canadian Spring Lamb, Maple Syrup Glazed Ham, and Easter eggs top menus in the spirit of the holiday weekend

- In 2009, Canadian hog production totaled nearly $3 billion and egg farms in Canada generated $588.6 million in total farm cash receipts

- Canada is the world's fourth largest agriculture exporter and 6th largest importer, accounting for a combined $65 billion in global trade

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2011) - BMO Bank of Montreal today encouraged Canadians to support local farmers and choose locally produced foods and wines this holiday weekend.

Agriculture in Canada plays an important role in the economy, employing one in eight jobs directly and accounting for 8.1 per cent of total GDP, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In 2009, hog production in Canada produced $2.8 billion in farm cash receipts and egg farms generated more than half a billion dollars.

Easter is an opportunity to celebrate springtime in all its colours, hunt for coloured eggs with the children, and enjoy a traditional dinner menu centered around Canadian ham or fresh lamb.

"With spring coming into bloom Canadians look forward to warmer temperatures, fresh local produce, firing up the grills and enjoying the best that Canadian farmers have to offer," said David Rinneard, National Manager, Agriculture, BMO Bank of Montreal. "This weekend is a great chance, not just to spend time with family and good friends, but also to enjoy some of the best quality foods in the world and show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our local farmers."

BMO's roots in the Canadian agricultural sector date back to 1817, when it first began working with farmers. BMO Bank of Montreal provides customized loan and deposit solutions to Canada's agri-business owners, the single largest core commercial sector that the bank serves.

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