P.E.I.’s Farmer Assistance Program has likely saved lives

by Heather Jones

Post-traumatic distress disorder, parent-child conflicts, and suicide were some of the issues Prince Edward Island farmers had to cope with in 2018. But they had help from the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture (PEIFA).The PEIFA’s Farmer Assistance Program helps 80 to 100 farmers or farm family members every year. Between 185 and 200 interviews are conducted annually by professional counsellors.

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Roga dairy farm story started more than 60 years ago

by Joan LeBlanc

The saga began more than 60 years ago when Antonius (Tony) and Adriana (Mien) Rommens emigrated from Holland to Canada in 1956. With a determined desire to be a dairy farmer, Tony worked on several farms in southeastern New Brunswick prior to the couple purchasing their farm in Melrose, N.B., in 1959, naming it Roga Farm in honour of the couple’s family names – Rommens and van Gaans.

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Senior and 4-Her share enthusiasm for championship Charolais

by Emily Leeson

Elizabeth Heighton isn’t resting on her laurels despite a number of accomplishments at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto this past year for herself and Cornerstone Emma, the Charolais heifer she shows. They placed in the semifinals in intermediate showmanship, achieved second in their heat in the senior Charolais class, and made it into the champion Charolais drive.

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