Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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In a giving mood? Thank a family farmer, support Farm Aid

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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www.FarmAid.org has a great selection of gifts for your family, friends, co-workers, service providers. The gift that keeps on giving.

Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson talk about Farm Aid and its 25 years of inspired music, taking action and total commitment to making a difference.

June and Johnny Cash, Farm Aid

Friday, November 21st, 2014

#tbt Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash performing at Farm Aid!

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Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie, Dottie West, “City of New Orleans” (Farm Aid, 1985)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, Lily Meola, “Will You Remember Mine” (Farm Aid, 2014)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Willie Nelson & Family, Farm Aid (1994) (New Orleans, LA)

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Willie Nelson and Family performs “Always on My Mind,” “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” and “I’ll Fly Away” live at the Farm Aid concert in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 18, 1994. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

Farm Aid 2014

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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Support Farm Aid

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Waiting for board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, and guests, before the press conference.

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Colorado and Oregon: Vote to Support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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This Tuesday, we have the opportunity to vote on the policies that shape our food system. Both Colorado and Oregon have a chance to vote (with Proposition 105 and Measure 92, respectively) to require mandatory labeling of foods with genetically engineered ingredients

Farm Aid supports these measures because GE labeling is good for family farmers and all of us who eat. Labeling GE foods will help family farmers who do not plant GE seeds have a stronger market for selling their goods. It will make finding non-GE seeds easier and more affordable. It will help ensure organic farmers can stay organic. And labeling GE foods will let all of us decide what kind of food we eat and feed our families.

Voters in several other states can weigh in on food and farm-related issues. For a rundown on all of them, please visit our blog: http://j.mp/farm_votes

And please remember to get out and vote on November 4!

 

Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven, “Amazing Grace” (Farm Aid, 1986)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

he Unforgiven & Willie Nelson perform “Amazing Grace” live at the Farm Aid concert in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Stand up for Family Farmers #FarmAid

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, market transparency, and protection from retaliation when they speak out. Together, farmers and eaters can work together to make Congress enforce rules already on the books that level the playing field for family farmers.

As a Farm Aid supporter, we know you care about the people who grow our food and believe they deserve a fair chance to make an honest living.

But that’s out of reach for tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers who raise our livestock and poultry.

That’s because our meat supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that get to write the rules. This doesn’t just affect our choice at the grocery store; it affects how independent farmers and ranchers can make a living.

Join Farm Aid and tell Congress to stand up for family farmers by protecting the GIPSA rules.

With only a few huge corporations in control, meatpackers and poultry giants — like Smithfield and Tyson — exert their power through contracts with the farmers who raise livestock. Under the contract system, companies:

  • Force farmers to make expensive investments while offering little security in return.
  • Intimidate and retaliate against farmers when they speak out about abuses or exercise their right to free speech and association.
  • Unfairly cancel farmers’ contracts, leaving far too many farmers saddled with debt and at risk of losing their farms.

Now meatpackers are attacking one of the most important policies we have to protect farmers. That policy, called GIPSA, provides fair competition and contract rules that protect farmers from corporate abuse (read our Fair and Competitive Livestock Markets fact sheet for more information). The meat lobby is trying to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from enforcing the GIPSA rules. But we can fight back today!

Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, protection from retaliation and market transparency. Together, farmers and eaters can work to protect the GIPSA rules. Thank you for speaking up for family farmers today!

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GIPSA Action – 2014

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Did you eat today? Thank a Farmer #FarmAid

Monday, October 20th, 2014

It's pumpkin season! And we don't mean that artificial flavor stuff! What are your pumpkin plans this harvest season?

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John Mellencamp, Farm Aid 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/2014) (full set)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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From FarmAid’s Music Monday:

Watch John’s complete set from Farm Aid 2014 live in Raleigh North Carolina.

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/14)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Happy birthday, John Mellencamp, Farm Aid Hero

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Happy Birthday to Farm Aid co-founder John Mellencamp!

Happy Birthday, John Mellencamp, who turns 63 today.