Open Letter to Congress Calls for $1 Billion
Investment in Farm Communities to Solve America’s Economic, Environmental,
Energy and Health Problems.
response to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout enacted this weekend by Congress,
the Farm Aid Board of Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and
Dave Matthews sent an open letter to Congressional leaders urging them to
redirect funds to farm communities and working men and women, where they can be
better used to address our country’s economic, environment, energy and health
proposed $700 bailout asks taxpayers to foot the bill without giving them the
opportunity to share in any gains that might result,” Willie Nelson said.
“On the other hand, a $1 billion investment in family farm agriculture
would enrich all of us, because we are all shareholders of the family farm. The
return on investment in the family farm includes thriving local economies,
nutritious food for better health, a safer and more secure food supply, a
cleaner environment and more renewable energy.”
and fellow Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews
marked Farm Aid’s 23rd year last weekend with a New England-based benefit
concert that showcased the tenacity of family farmers as an example of what it
takes to solve America’s
most pressing challenges.
farmers are the bedrock of this country. They are always looking for new
answers to problems and finding creative solutions that work,” said
Aid led by example at its annual benefit concert by becoming the only music
festival to serve family farm food to concertgoers, artists, crews and VIPs,
demonstrating what is possible in efforts to bring more family farm food to
read the open letter to Congressional leaders sent by Farm Aid Board of
Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, go to www.farmaid.org/lettertocongress.