Willie Nelson, Farm Aid, Corn Growers to Sponsor Rrenewable Energy Workshops

Farm Aid President Willie Nelson and Keith Bolin, president of the American Corn Growers Association, have announced their organizations’ sponsorship and facilitation of a series of renewable energy and farm policy workshops slated for more than a half dozen farm states this year.

Farm Aid recently granted $563,700 to family farm groups throughout the country.


The grant from Farm Aid will assist ACGA in the underwriting of the workshops and facilitate presentations on the following topics:

  • “Overview of Bio-Diesel Production, Acceptance and Utilization.”
  • “Overview of Pre-Feasibility Study Guide for Farmer-Owned Ethanol Plants.”
  • “Wind Energy — New Potentials for Rural Communities.”
  • “Overview of Federal Programs Available for Renewable Energy Production.”
  • “How Renewable Energy Production Can Be an Essential Component to Better Farm Policy.”
  • The funds will support programs that help farm families stay on their land, increase production of family farm food and expand local markets. Funds also will support efforts to increase on-farm renewable energy production, confront the threat of increasing corporate control of agriculture, as well as help hotlines and advocacy efforts that help farm families recover from disasters and financial hardships.
  • Included in this grant cycle, Farm Aid provided $53,200 to disaster response, supporting the effort to help farm families recover from the 2005 hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.

    Much of the money raised by Farm Aid this year was the result of its 21st anniversary Farm Aid 2006 concert.

    To learn more about Farm Aid and to see the full list of 2006 grantees, visit the Web site at www.farmaid.org or call (800) FARM-AID

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