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Willie Nelson educates about family farms, biofuels, marijuana

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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www.aberdeennews.com
by Scott Waltman

Willie Nelson will step onto the stage tonight at the Brown County Fair as an undisputed legend of American music who has released more than 200 albums, 15 of which have topped the charts.

He’s a seven-time Grammy winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He’s the writer of Patsy Cline’s smash “Crazy” as well as many of his own hits, including “On the Road Again” and “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time.”

He’s sold more than 40 million albums in his home country alone.

He’s recorded with Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Paul Simon, Sinead O’Connor, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow and countless others.

He’s sold Bibles, spent a stretch in the Air Force and been in trouble with the law for failure to pay taxes and lay off marijuana.

He’s a fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of GongKwon Yusu and sometimes lives in a green community in Hawaii in a home that gets its energy from solar panels.

And he’s a vocal advocate of rural America, family farms and biofuels, issues that bind him to the residents of the corn-covered Dakota prairies almost as much as his iconic music.

Chuck Beck, director of communications for the Sioux Falls-based American Collation for Ethanol, said it’s nice for the biofuel and ethanol industry to have a proponent as popular as Nelson.

“It’s very helpful when you have advocates like Willie Nelson who have a broad stage and are well-known throughout the world and can talk about their (support) of biofuels,” Beck said.

The ethanol industry would like to expand in southern markets, in places such as Texas, Alabama and Louisiana, where country music is king. Nelson’s chatter about biofuels could be a boon to that endeavor, Beck said.

In 2012, under an agreement between Nelson and Pacific Biodiesel, a biofuel called BioWillie was made available at a retail pump in Maui, Hawaii. A previous Nelson-themed biofuel endeavor wasn’t particularly successful, but it didn’t cool Nelson’s support.

“Biodiesel seems to answer a lot of our prayers,” Nelson wrote in his 2007 book “On the Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and the Future of the Family Farm.”

“Not only can it help the U.S. economy, our unwanted dependence on foreign oil and the gasping environment, it could also help the family farmers out of this tragic dilemma they have found themselves in through no fault of their own,” he wrote.

“We hope his endorsement doesn’t go up in smoke,” Beck quipped.

Ah, yes. Consider that an acknowledgement of Nelson’s vocal support of the legalization of marijuana — a cash crop, of sorts.

While South Dakota will likely be one of the last states to ease marijuana laws, 21 states and the District of Columbia have, as of April 22, legalized pot in some way, mostly for medical use, according to the websitegoverning.com. It reports that Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

Not a big drinker nowadays, Nelson doesn’t hide the fact that he regularly smokes marijuana.

“Cigarettes killed my mother, my dad, half my family, so don’t tell me about health when you’re talking about legalizing marijuana, because it’s not dangerous health-wise. I’m the canary in the mine, and I’m still healthy. Had I stayed with alcohol, I would have been dead or in prison somewhere today,” he said in a 2012 story published in The Guardian.

Nelson is also commonly quoted talking about the health benefits of medical marijuana and how legalizing pot could be a revenue stream for the government.

That might not be the type of talk that will garner tons of favor with South Dakota farmers and ranchers. But as a founder of Farm Aid, Nelson’s ag credibility is safe. And it’s not lost on ag-industry organizations.

Mike Traxinger, a Claremont-area native, is the corporate attorney for the Aberdeen-based Wheat Growers cooperative. He’s previously worked for South Dakota Farmers Union and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is a fifth-generation South Dakotan.

Given Brown County’s strong history of farming, it’s nice that the fair’s featured performer is an advocate of family farms and rural issues, Traxinger said.

His new job has given Traxinger the chance to return to the family farm. Without events like Farm Aid, that’s an opportunity that might not be available to many people, he said.

Traxinger said he might go to tonight’s concert. He said his parents, who farm near Houghton, are going.

Nelson appeals to multiple generations of music fans, many of whom make their living on the farms that feed the nation, Traxinger said.

That’s a point that doesn’t seem lost on Nelson, who also understands the importance of agriculture beyond rural states like South Dakota.

“The fight to save family farms isn’t just about farmers,” Nelson is quoted as saying on the Farm Aid website. “It’s about making sure there is a safe and healthy food supply for all of us. It’s about jobs, from Main Street to Wall Street. It’s about a better America.”

States that have legalized marijuana in some measure:

• Alaska
• Arizona
• California
• Colorado
• Connecticut
• Delaware
• Hawaii
• Illinois
• Maine
• Maryland
• Massachusetts
• Michigan
• Minnesota
• Montana
• Nevada
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New Mexico
• New York
• Oregon
• Rhode Island
• Vermont
• Washington

Show your support for people standing up for Climate Action to reduce carbon emission #ActOnClimate

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Hundreds of citizens are set to testify in support of climate action at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hearings this week in Washington.  People are speaking out in support of the EPA’s recent proposal to reduce the nation’s biggest source of polution blamed for climate change — carbon emission from power plants.  This plan is the EPA’s boldest, most promising proposal  todate,  part of an aggressive effort to cut climate change-causing pollution by 30% by 2030.

Everyone is invited to get involved and become part of the conversation. Go to: http://www.actonclimate.com/me/ to record your own comments and opinions on the proposal during the 120 day period.

You can show your support – submit a public comment before they step up to the podium: www.actonclimate.com #ActOnClimate

Farmers can grow our fuel here at home

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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www.FarmAid.org

Annie Nelson, Kelly King interview about Pacific Biodiesel (and why we should care)

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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Mrs. Green interviews Annie Nelson (yes, Annie Nelson of Team Willie & Annie Nelson) and Kelly King from Pacific Biodiesel

Kelly King and her husband Bob’s pioneering vision created American’s first biodiesel refinery in Maui in 1996. Pacific Biodiesel became the first private company to divert and refine thousands of tons of municipal grease trap waste and waste vegetable oil into clean-burning, premium biodiesel.

Years later, along came country music legend Willie and his wife Annie Nelson. They became very interested in the King’s vision of sustainable biodiesel and eventually they formed a strong partnership that exists to this day. Ready for this? In a very short time after that, Willie and his good friend Bill Mack would single-handedly use satellite radio to talk to truckers and farmers about biodiesel, and thus elevated the renewable fuel into mainstream recognition. Want to hear more? I know I do. This show sponsored by The Fairfax Companies

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE.

Meet Willie Nelson on His Tour Bus at Farm Aid 2013, Private Backstage Tour, 2 VIP Tickets from Willie’s Personal Allotment and More!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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Grab a friend and head to Farm Aid 2013 on September 21st to join the ranks of rock royalty to meet with Willie Nelson on his legendary tour bus. Access to his home on the road is usually reserved for Willie’s family, friends and the occasional superstar or luminary.

As Willie’s guest you will receive:

• 2 Tickets to Farm Aid 2013 from Willie Nelson’s personal allotment
• A private, escorted backstage tour of Farm Aid 2013
• A visit with Willie Nelson on his legendary tour bus at the show
• A photo on the bus with Willie
• The opportunity to have one personal item autographed
• An official Farm Aid 2013 “Artist’ laminate pass signed by Willie Nelson *laminate to be sent to winner after event for security purposes

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get personal access to an American legend and get a behind the scenes glimpse into his world. Farm Aid 2013 lineup includes Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Amos Lee and more.

This auction benefits the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the REVERB Green Music Group.

http://www.charitybuzz.com/support/SBA?

Sustainable Biodiesel Certification program officially launched

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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www.biodieselmagazine.com

GreenCircle and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance are proud to announce that the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification program is officially launched. The announcement came at Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday party on June 6 at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. At the event, Nelson and his wife, Annie, were honored for their continued commitment to advancing the use of sustainable biodiesel and for their contribution as founding members of the SBA.

“Back in 2007 we kicked off the SBA in this very room with Willie Nelson,” said Kelly King, chair of the SBA, at the celebration. “We didn’t realize how long it takes to create a certification program, but I’m here today to tell you we have completed that certification program with the help of GreenCircle Certified. That’s one of our birthday presents to Willie, as he has been a strong supporter of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance all this time.”

Recognizing the need for an objective certification system to measure the overall sustainability of the production, distribution and use of biodiesel, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has partnered with GreenCircle to create this certification process. GreenCircle has adapted the SBA’s established baseline practices for sustainability to objectively evaluate the producers, distributors and end users of biodiesel.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Certification program focuses on evaluating the quality of the biodiesel and the types and methods in which biodiesel blends are produced, distributed and utilized. GreenCircle will be providing third-party audits for SBA certification to objectively evaluate producers, distributors and end users in regard to the sustainability of biodiesel across the supply chain. These audits investigate and score sustainable criteria including environmental, social and economic impacts.

With the support of Willie Nelson and other honorary SBA board members—including Woody Harrelson, Daryl Hannah and Jack Johnson—the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification is poised to receive national recognition for evaluating and verifying truly sustainable alternatives to traditional petroleum-based fuels. GreenCircle is excited to be an integral part of this important effort. The SBA and GreenCircle are actively seeking producers, distributors and end-users of biodiesel to participate in the SBA’s certification program. For more information, contact AshLee Klingman at ashlee@greencirclecertified.com..

Willie Nelson Family Takeover Day on Road Dog/Trucking Radio on Sirius/XM Radio Right Now

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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Annie Nelson , Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Amy Nelson,  Paula Nelson, Connie Nelson, Raelynn Nelson,  Cathy Guthrie , Martha Jewelle, Dean Hubbard, Matt Hubbard are on Sirius/XM Radio Road Dog Trucking this morning.

Annie and Kelly King just spoke about benefits of sustainable biodiesel fuel.  For more information on how you can help the planet by minimizing use of fossil fuels, visit:  www.FuelResponsibility.org .

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real just performed, and Micah Nelson and Insects vs Robots, Paula Nelson Band, Folk Uke, Raelynn Nelson, Martha Jewelle Fowler, Matt Hubbard, Dean Hubbard, et al,  are coming up next.

Another good reason to subscribe to Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

www.Sirius.com

Win Tickets to see Willie Nelson & Family Bands, benefit for Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, Animal Welfare Institute (6/6/13) (NYC)

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Willie Nelson’s 80th Birthday Celebration Hosted by Hard Rock Cafe New York on June 6th to Support the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Animal Welfare Institute

Purchase Tickets Tuesday May 21st at www.ticketweb.com

See Four Generations of The Nelson Family sharing the same stage for the first time ever. Performances to include Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Insects vs Robots- Official Paula Nelson Band – Raelyn Nelson Band – Lechuza – Folk Uke with Toad the Wet Sprocket – Robert Randolph – and Special Guests.

Willie Nelson, “We will end the war, if we stick together”

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Willie Nelson and Hard Rock Intl. launch merchandise program to benefit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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www.biodieselmagazine.com

Willie Nelson and Hard Rock International announced the launch of the limited-edition Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight merchandise program, benefiting the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Animal Welfare Institute. The line, a partnership between the musician, activist, author and poet and the world-renowned brand, includes a men’s t-shirt, a limited edition collector pin as well as an online exclusive pin and, fittingly, a bandanna that will be available online and in-store at participating locations on June 6.

Hard Rock International is excited to join in the ongoing festivities for the beloved musician and look forward to welcoming Willie and his Family Band for a celebration launch event at Hard Rock Cafe New York on June 6.

“Willie Nelson is an American treasure and one of the most prolific, inspiring and enduring musicians of our time,” said Annie Balliro, senior director of brand philanthropy at Hard Rock International. “Willie’s love of all people, his tireless philanthropic work for a better planet, a kinder world for all creatures and beings, aligns perfectly with our own motto, Love All – Serve All. We could not be more proud to partner with Willie for these important causes on this significant and happy day, his 80th birthday.”

A portion of the retail price will benefit both the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, which advocates for creating a better world through sustainable, community-based biodiesel, and the Animal Welfare Institute dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people and seeking better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home and in the wild.

Hard Rock’s Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight t-shirt, pin and bandanna will be available online at www.hardrock.com and at Hard Rock locations in the following cities: New York, New Orleans, Maui, San Antonio, Nashville and Houston.

Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight Mens T-Shirt: 100 percent cotton tee that features an image of Willie Nelson with his guitar and the words “Outlaw Legend.” The top left of the shirt features the artists name and is surrounded by filigree with an Old West saloon vibe. 15 percent of the retail price will benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Animal Welfare Institute. ($26)

Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight Bandana: 100 percent cotton and features a filigree design on a navy blue background that coordinates with the Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight T-Shirt and includes the artists name. 15 percent of the retail price will benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Animal Welfare Institute. ($10.00)

Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight Collectors Pin: A translucent hard enamel guitar with gold base metal modeled after Willie’s own and features the phrase “Outlaw Legend.” 15 percent of the retail price will benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Animal Welfare Institute. ($12.00)

Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight Online Exclusive Pin: Modeled after the Willie Nelson Artist Spotlight T-Shirt and includes the artist’s likeness, name, guitar and the words “Outlaw Legend.” This online exclusive pin is hard enamel with translucent enamel used for the guitar and is set on gold base metal. ($14.00)

The Artists Spotlight Series is among the series of events and releases celebrating the artists 80th birthday. On April 16 Legacy Recordings released “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” a collection of new studio performances by Willie Nelson and Family. 2013 is shaping up as a banner year for the pop country patriarch, who turned 80 April 29. His rollicking memoir, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road,” published by HarperCollins in May 2012, is currently a New York Times bestselling nonfiction title and “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” is an essential addition to the outlaw country artist’s catalog of timeless recordings.

How does Willie Nelson stay green on the road?

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

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www.parade.com
by: Walter Scott

Q: Willie Nelson is an avid environmentalist. How does he stay green on tour? —Tom M., Mesa, Ariz.

A: “All my buses run on BioWillie,” says the 79-year-old country icon, referring to a diesel fuel alternative produced in the U.S. by a company he started. Made partly from vegetable oil, it results in 70 percent fewer harmful emissions, according to the BioWillie website. Says the singer, whose album Let’s Face the Music and Dance comes out April 16, “It’s the way of the future.”

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Thank you Budrock, Lighting director for Willie Nelson & Family, for photo.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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Artwork:  J. Micah Nelson

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Sunday, January 27th, 2013

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Willie Nelson, and other artists working to save the world

Saturday, November 10th, 2012


www.nowtoronto.com

Touring is hardly environmentally friendly, but artists like are working to leave a smaller footprint.

1. Willie Nelson

Lots of artists power their tour vehicles with alternative fuels these days, but country legend Willie Nelson took it a step further and founded the Willie Nelson Biodiesel company to produce and sell BioWillie biofuel. In spring 2012, it even launched its first retail pumps.

Read about the other four at the webpage.

Willie Nelson went green a long time ago

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

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www.stgeorgeutah.com
by Ed Kociela

The last time I saw Willie Nelson I remember walking past his bus and catching a whiff of something in the air.

No, it wasn’t what you’re thinking.

The bus was fired up and idling and there was the fragrance of McDonald’s French fries wafting through the air.

You see, Willie went green a long time ago, and so did his bus, which runs now on biodiesel fuels. In fact, you could clean out the grease trap at McDonald’s or any other fast food joint, pour it into the tank of the Honeysuckle Rose, and put Willie on the road again.

It’s an example, of course, of what we can really do these days to fend off the insatiable appetite we have for foreign oil.

Read the entire article HERE.