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Media Advisory: BMO and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture Discuss the Outlook for Canadian Farmers


TORONTO, ONTARIO and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2012) - Canadian agriculture producers are enjoying a strong rebound from last year, with real output on track to increase 7.5 per cent by the end of 2012 according to BMO Economics.

On Monday, October 22, 2012, experts from BMO Bank of Montreal along with the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture will discuss the reasons for this strength and provide an outlook for the Canadian agricultural industry. The media panel will include Ron Bonnett, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture; David Rinneard, National Manager, Agriculture, BMO Bank of Montreal; and Ross Purdy, Senior Manager, Agriculture, Alberta, BMO Bank of Montreal.

What: Media are invited to join a panel conference call on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:00 noon ET featuring experts who will discuss the following topics:
How has this year's volatile weather affected crop and food prices?
What is the outlook for the Canadian agriculture and agribusiness into 2013?
How will the economy and global markets impact Canadian agriculture?
What are the prospects for improving agricultural productivity?
Is Canadian agriculture well-positioned to grow its share of exports into emerging markets?
Who:
David Rinneard, National Manager, Agriculture, BMO Bank of Montreal
Ron Bonnett, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Ross Purdy, Senior Manager, Agriculture, Alberta, BMO Bank of Montreal
When: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:00 noon ET
Where: Media are invited to participate through conference call: 416-641-2144 or toll-free at 1-866-696-5910 - Passcode: 4912835.
Please contact us at 416-867-3996 to confirm attendance or if you have any questions.

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 $538 billion as at January 31, 2012, and more than 47,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

Media Contacts:
Paul Cunliffe, Toronto
(416) 867-7645
paul.cunliffe@bmo.com

Sarah Bensadoun, Montreal
(514) 877-8224
sarah.bensadoun@bmo.com

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596
laurie.grant@bmo.com

Internet: www.bmo.com
Twitter: @BMOmedia