Today’s the 26th annual Farm Aid. Started in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp as an effort to save family farms that were having hard times. Willie, Neil and John will be headlining, just as they did in 1985. Dave Matthews, who joined the Farm Aid board 10 years ago will also be there, as will a number of great acts.
Both of my parents grew up on family farms. That’s where I learned to ride a horse. That’s where I learned that pigs really do not appreciate you trying to straiten their tails by pulling on them, despite what my uncle told me. That’s where, when I commented to my aunt on the smell of manure she told me: “It smells like money to me!”
Back then there wasn’t big agribusiness to compete with. Just hard working people who worked from dawn to dusk and made America a great country. And it’s family farms that still make America a great country.
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“Just as rock & roll is loud and proud, so is Farm Aid. Farm Aid’s greatest accomplishment, I believe, is in the spirit. It’s the fact that we represent the spirit of the good fight, to keep something good happening. It just keeps getting stronger and stronger….”
– Neil Young