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“Homeface Under Fire” – Farm Aid’s Documentary about America’s Farm Crisis, and Farm Advocates

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Farm Aid’s director Carolyn Mugar and co-founder introduced Farm Aid’s film, Homeplace Under Fire, at @dukeuniversity tonight.

The Farm Crisis of the 1980s drove hundreds of thousands of family farmers into foreclosure. Yet, out of that crisis arose a legion of farm advocates who refused to stand idly by and watch their way of life be destroyed.

Ordinary Americans taught themselves extraordinary skills. As fellow farmers, farm wives, and rural leaders, they studied laws and regulations, started hotlines, answered farmers’ calls from their kitchen tables, counseled their neighbors, and went toe-to-toe with lenders – giving their all to keep their neighbors on the land.

Homeplace Under Fire celebrates these advocates and their remarkable work. Thousands of farmers are alive and on their land today because of them. As Willie Nelson has said, these advocates are the best of America.

Homeplace Under Fire was directed by Charles D. Thompson, Jr. and produced by Farm Aid in cooperation with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Another Willie Nelson cover, Sturgill Simpson, “I’d Have to Be Crazy” (Farm Aid 2016)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael, “Four Strong Winds” (Farm Aid 1995)

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Farm Aid 1997

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Farm Aid 2016 (Bristow, VA)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

“Willie Nelson Got Me Stoned and Stole All My Money,” — Jack Johnson, Farm Aid 2016

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Trump Administration moves to remove safeguards for Poultry Farmers, in favor of giant meat production and packaging companies

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

OSAGE, IA – AUGUST 09: Ray Avila feeds chickens on his farm on August 9, 2014 near Osage, Iowa. In retaliation for sanctions imposed on them, Russia announced a ban on food imports from the United States and other nations.Those sanctions had been imposed due to Russia’s support of separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The ban will last for a year and targets meat, fish, fruit, vegetable and milk products. The poultry industry in the United States, which exported over $300 million worth of food to Russia in 2013, is expected to be hit the hardest. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

     Farm Aid works hard to protect rights of farmers.  You can offer your support for them:
by: Joseph Erbentraut

Farmers already concerned with President Donald Trump’s policies on trade and immigration just got another reason to worry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week delayed implementation of an Obama administration rule aimed at making it easier for livestock producers to sue the large meat-processing companies they contract with over abusive practices.

The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration rule, proposed in 2010 and approved by the Obama administration in December, had been set to take effect later this month. The USDA postponed it for at least six months.

The government delay was welcomed by industry groups, including the National Chicken Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council. The groups claim the rule would welcome frivolous, “government-sanctioned” lawsuits targeting corporations, and could raise prices for consumers and put farmers out of business.

Colin Woodall, vice president for government affairs at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said his organization wants the rule eliminated altogether.

“Our request to the Trump administration is that they withdraw this rule and throw it away,” Woodall told HuffPost. “We don’t believe there’s anything that can be done to fix it. We believe it’s bad across the board.”

Influential members of Congress agree. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, this week called the rule “disastrous.” House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) similarly criticized the rule last month.

Willie Nelson with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “All Along the Watchtower” (Farm Aid 1994)

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Willie Wows 78,000

Monday, April 17th, 2017



[Thanks so much to Phil Weisman, from Illinois, who sent me a copy of the Front Page of the Chicago Sun-Times from Monday, September 23, 1985, the day after the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois.

Chicago Sun-Times
Willie Wows 78,000
by:  Andrew Herrmann

CHAMPAIGN — Some 78,000 field hands heard the calling of farm distress and lent a hand here yesterday.

And after 14 hours of nonstop country and rock music, the crops of Farm Aid were harvested.

They called it the biggest country-and-rock concert ever, but the music was merely the plow that tilled the minds of Americans to open them to problems of many of the nation’s farmers.

Backer’s hoped to raise some $50 million from the concert, the media coverage and a toll-free hotline set up to take donations.

Willie Nelson, who organized the event, said at midnight that the hotline had generated $5 million.

More than 55 entertainers played from 10 a.m. until past midnight, encompassing a rare blend of country music and rock n’ roll.  And a rare blend of fans, too.

An American Event: Farm Aid (September 22, 1985)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017


Happy Opening Day!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

We join these Red Sox and Farm Aid fans in wishing you a Happy Opening Day! #playball

Support Farm Aid, Support Family Farms and Ranchers

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

We’re grateful for the support of so many who’ve made donations to Farm Aid’s Family Farm Disaster Fund. If you’d like to support ranchers who have incredible losses due to wildfires, please give today at

In addition to the financial loss caused by disasters like this, many farmers suffer the emotional toll of disasters long after the disaster occurs. Mental health services to support these farmers are critically important.

Farmers and ranchers work hard to grow food and fiber for our country. Their recovery is essential for the health and vitality of America’s rural communities.

Farm Aid: “Family farmers impacted by fires need our help”

Monday, March 20th, 2017
All of us gain when we create a strong, family-farm centered system of agriculture. Family farmers offer us health by bringing us good food, and they protect our future by caring for our soil and water. If we want good food from family farms, we need…

Wildfires have ravaged more than 2 million acres of farm and ranch land in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Family farmers and ranchers face damaged homes, charred land, burnt fences, and dead or injured animals. In response, Farm Aid has activated our Family Farm Disaster Fund to raise funds in support of local recovery efforts and to directly address the needs of family farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires.

You can help! Please click the link below to donate today to support farmers and ranchers in the affected areas.

Family Farm Disaster Fund – March 2017

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Heart of Gold” (Farm Aid 1995)

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Crazy Horse, “All Along the Watchtower” (Farm Aid 1994)

Monday, February 27th, 2017