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Farm Aid Concert: Important For Animals Too

Farm Aid Concert: Important For Animals Too

October 2 marks the 25th year of the Farm Aid concert to preserve family farms and promote humane treatment for farm animals. 

 

Musicians Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 and Dave Matthews joined the Board of Directors in 2001.

 

The goal of Farm Aid is to “build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.”  Farm Aid members accomplish this goal by hosting an annual concert to inspire people to “chose family-farmed food.” 

 

The organization has raised more than $37 million, since 1985.

 

How Farm Aid Helps Farmers

  • Farm Aid networks with a network of 460 family farm organizations that help farmers transition to sustainable farming practices.
  • The organization distributes grants to teach family farmers techniques about profitable farming practices.
  • Farm Aid awards emergency funds to keep farmers on their land.
  • Farm Aid fights against factory farms and genetically modified foods.
  • The organization promotes the Good Food Movement that advocates for local, organic and humanely raised food.

 

The Concert

The 25th anniversary concert will feature 11 acts which include the original artists plus, Tim Reynolds, Kenny Chesney, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Jeff Tweedy, Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses, The BoDeans, Amos Lee, Robert Francis, Lukas Nelson, The Blackwood Quartet and Randy Rogers Band.  Tavis Smiley will host the event.

 

For those who cannot attend the Milwaukee, WI concert, it can be heard on the Willie Nelson channel of Sirius radio and viewed on DirectTV.

 

Since the start of Farm Aid and the Good Food Movement, Wisconsin has grown to be the nation’s leader in providing fresh locally grown produce to cities and second in the country for its number of organic and grass-based dairy farms.

 

You can read more about Farm Aid and their year-round work  by checking out a story by Care2 writer Judi Gerber titled, “Why Farm Aid Still Matters.”

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7:17PM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

God bless our farming communities and All they provide our country!!!!

4:32PM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

We owe it to the farmers to sustain humane farming without the threat of bankruptcy and being sued by the giants of Monsanto and others like them. Farmers provide a substantial need in our country. Go Farm Aid and help the farmers, their families and the animals that support them.

4:12AM PDT on Oct 5, 2010

Thank you for article

11:04PM PDT on Oct 4, 2010

very nice to see people making a difference.

1:14PM PDT on Oct 4, 2010

thankyou for shareing Sharon

8:51PM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

THAT'S IT,SUE! PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THE DIFFERENCES!
THANKS!

8:44PM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

I whole-heartedly support Farm Aid and have since its inception. This group is dedicated to helping the family farms which our country was built on and have been nearly squeezed out by the evil factory farms. Educate yourself about the differences between the two. They are NOT at all the same.

12:25PM PDT on Oct 2, 2010

You know, if business owners and I included corporation in that huge group, would just stop with the greed and treat everyone fairly we wouldn't have to have these "Aid Concerts".

11:30PM PDT on Oct 1, 2010

Small family farms are the ones most likely to be raising animals humanely and growing organic, so please stop attacking them, folks. There are very different from factory farms and do not deserve your venom.

10:56PM PDT on Oct 1, 2010

STEVE R. YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!

THIS IS FOR HELPING FARMERS AND GOOD FARMING and I THINK IT IS A GREAT THING!
FARMERS NEED HELP!

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