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>August 25, 2000								Becky Marquis
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>Farm Aid’s 15th Anniversary Prompts Founder Willie Nelson to Voice His
>Concerns About the Future of the Farm Families and Rural Communities
>SOMERVILLE, Ma.—In a personal letter released today, Farm Aid president
>Willie Nelson urges all Americans, especially voters and candidates, to
>remember family farmers in this election year.
>Farm Aid’s 15th anniversary comes in this crucial election year, and Nelson
>says now is the perfect time for voters and candidates to make a difference
>for farm families.  Nelson has a lifelong interest in family farming, and he
>says he’s still determined to do all he can to help America’s family farmers
>stay on their land.
>In his letter, Nelson reminisces about growing up in a small town in Texas,
>where miles of bountiful farmland were his backyard. Nelson says he had the
>best of everything and, unfortunately, family farmers today do not.  Nelson
>points out that failed farm policies are driving prices down and forcing
>family farmers off their land. With the support of voters and candidates,
>Nelson feels the tide will change for America’s farmers.
>“I would urge voters and the candidates to remember the family farmers this
>election year,” said Nelson, “Let’s not leave them behind, because I believe
>that they are, and always will be, the backbone of this country.”
>Farm Aid attributes the current farm crisis to failed government policies
>that promote the chronic overproduction of grain, livestock and dairy
>products, which forces family farmers to sell their products for much less
>than it costs to produce them.  The average farmer earns only $7,000
>annually from on-farm income, and among all livelihoods in the country,
>family farmers are facing the greatest decline.
>Nelson has invited presidential candidates, Vice President Al Gore, Texas
>Governor George W. Bush, Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan, to meet before Farm
>Aid’s 15th anniversary concert, Sept. 17 at Nissan Pavilion in Prince
>William County, Va.  In addition to the four presidential candidates, the
>members of the House and Senate Agricultural Committees, members of the
>House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees and the House and
>Senate leadership have been invited to hear from family farmers
>Farm Aid 2000’s lineup includes Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young
>and John Mellencamp, along with Barenaked Ladies, Crosby, Stills, Nash &
>Young, Travis Tritt, Sawyer Brown, Arlo Guthrie, North Mississippi Allstars,
>Jimmy Sturr, Shannon Curfman, Pat Green and more artists to be announced.
>Ticket buyers may call about a limited number of “Corn Belt” seats for $65.
>Pavilion tickets are priced at $42.50 and lawn tickets are $27.50.  Parking
>and other applicable service fees will be added to the ticket price.
>Tickets are available at the Nissan Pavilion Box Office and all Ticketmaster
>locations. To purchase tickets by phone call 703-573-SEAT, 202-432-SEAT,
>410-481-SEAT or 1-800-551-SEAT. Also, tickets are available online at
>Farm Aid was founded in 1985 by Nelson, Mellencamp and Young to raise public
>awareness about the plight of the American family farmer and to provide
>assistance to those families whose livelihood depends on agriculture.  In
>the past 15 years, Farm Aid has granted over $15 million to more than 100
>farm organizations, churches and service agencies in 44 states.
Patty Cantrell
Public Trust Alliance Project Manager
P.O. Box 228, 845 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616

tel: 231-882-4723 ext. 18
fax: 231-882-7350 
e-mail: patty@mlui.org
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