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Farmers’ social encourages dialogue about mental health

Farmers and agriculture workers from across the Pontiac and beyond gathered on Thursday night for a social held in support of farmers’ mental health.
There was live country music, snacks, and good conversation. The owners of the host farm, Pure Conscience, gave a tour of the grounds, including their signature livestock — yaks.
The event was put on by Écoute Agricole, a non-profit organization that offers mental health support to people working in the agricultural community.
Blake Draper, who owns a cattle farm in the Municipality of Pontiac, was among those mingling with their neighbours at the event.
He said he made the trip to attend the event “just to visit with other farmers.”
“You work alone a lot. And a lot of the time everybody . . .

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