REPEAT-BMO: Support Canadian Farmers This Thanksgiving

REPEAT-BMO: Support Canadian Farmers This Thanksgiving 
- Canadian farmers fill the harvest table with healthy choices   
- Local farmers' markets are responsible for more than $1 billion in
sales and have a total economic impact of more than $3 billion  
- BMO study finds 86 per cent of consumers believe it is important to
purchase food products made in Canada. 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/06/12 -- BMO Bank of Montreal
today encouraged Canadians to support local farmers and choose
locally-produced foods and wines this Thanksgiving weekend. 
The agriculture and agri-food sector plays an important role in the
Canadian economy, employing one-in-eight jobs directly and accounting
for 8.1 per cent of total GDP, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada dates back to the 1600s in New
France, when explorer Samuel de Champlain and early settlers
celebrated their successful harvests. Many of the holiday foods we
enjoy today are the same as those originally grown and harvested by
Aboriginal Peoples in North America including corn, pumpkins, squash
and cranberries. 
"Thanksgiving provides us with a great opportunity to give thanks for
family, good friends and the harvest, and to show our appreciation
for the hard work and dedication of our local farmers," said David
Rinneard, National Manager, Agriculture, BMO Bank of Montreal. "By
filling your holiday table with superb locally grown and locally
produced food and wines, you can help support and sustain the fabric
of Canada's rural economy." 
When asked in a recent BMO poll, 86 per cent of Canadians responded
that they felt it was important or very important that they purchase
Canadian-produced food.  
Fast Facts about Canada's Agriculture Industry: 

--  Canada is the world's fifth largest agriculture exporter and sixth
    largest importer, accounting for a combined $63.5 billion in global
--  Local farmers' markets are responsible for more than $1 billion in sales
    and have a total economic effect of more than $3 billion 

Turkey, all the Fixings, and Canadian Wines 

--  Turkeys were domesticated by Aboriginal Peoples in North America more
    than 2,000 years ago 
--  Turkey is an excellent source of protein, lean, low in sodium and an
    excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals 
--  In Canada, more than 500 turkey farmers produce, on average, 164 million
    kg of turkey worth more than $388 million annually 
--  Wild fruits and berries - cranberries in Eastern portions of North
    America, the Bakeapple or Cloudberry in the Maritimes, and the Saskatoon
    Berry - have a long tradition at harvest celebrations dating back to
    early settlers 
--  The holiday favorite, pumpkin pie, became popular with early settlers
    over time as supplies of the essential ingredient, molasses, became more
    readily available 
--  Canadian wines offer many choices to complement a festive holiday meal,
    including the popular Chardonnays, Merlots, Gewurztraminers, and even
    cranberry and specialty wines  

About BMO Financial Group  
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a
highly diversified North American financial services organization.
With total assets of $542 billion as at July 31, 2012, and more than
46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
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. For Canadian businesses, including those in the
agriculture and agri-food sectors, looking to innovate, enhance
productivity, and grow their business, BMO Bank of Montreal announced
a credit boost of $10 Billion over the next three years.
Media Contacts:
Paul Cunliffe, Toronto
(416) 867-3996 
Valerie Doucet, Montreal
(514) 877-8224 
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596 
Twitter: @BMOmedia
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