Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

“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)

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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

The Grateful Dead, Farm Aid 1986 (Austin)

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Grateful Dead perform “The Wheel,” “I Need a Miracle” and “Uncle John’s Band” 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.

Support Family Farmers #FarmAid

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Farm Aid features the best that music has to offer, while remaining true to its ultimate mission.


Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land.

Learn more about Farm Aid’s work in this video:

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Meet Laura, Farm Aid’s program manager

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Laura Brookshire


I joined the Farm Aid team in late August of 2016. Before Farm Aid, I worked in agricultural economic development in local government, owned a small farm in North Carolina and studied sustainable agriculture, food systems and nonprofit administration. I am beyond thrilled and honored to serve as Farm Aid’s Program Manager. I have the privilege of working with the dozens of food and farm organizations across the country that participate in our grant program.


Since the first concert in 1985, Farm Aid has granted over $22 million to more than 300 organizations. That amounts to over 2,000 grants given! These grants strengthen the viability of family farming in America by helping farmers thrive, growing the good food movement, or taking action to change the agricultural system to one that is more supportive of family farming. Our grantees are on-the-ground partners, and we rely on them to keep us informed of, and inspired by, the work being done for and by family farmers.

Our grantees are on-the-ground partners.

This past fall was my first time involved in Farm Aid’s grant review process. I was so inspired and humbled by all of the work highlighted in the proposals we received. For the 2016 grant cycle, more than $500,000 was granted to 79 organizations in 35 states and Washington, DC. Each year, the Farm Aid concert allows us to meet new organizations in the concert region who then become first-time grantees. For 2016, the concert region included Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. We are so excited about our new partnerships and the work these organizations are doing! I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of them.


Willie Nelson and Ray Price

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

released:  6/24/03

Song List:

  1. San Antonio Rose
  2. I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
  3. I Fall To Pieces
  4. Crazy Arms
  5. Release Me
  6. Don’t You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
  7. This Cold War With You
  8. Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away
  9. Night Life
  10. Deep Water
  11. Faded Love
  12. Just Call Me Lonesome

If you ate today… Thank a Farmer

Saturday, January 28th, 2017


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