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Willie and Friends Make Plea to Congress

The Farm Aid Board of Directors, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews have issued a response to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout being considered by Congress.


The four 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 crises. "The proposed $700 bailout asks taxpayers to foot the bill without giving them the opportunity to share in any gains that might result," Willie 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.” Willie and his fellow Farm Aid board members marked Farm Aid's 23rd year the weekend of Sept. 20 with a New England-based benefit concert. To read the open letter to Congressional leaders sent by Farm Aid Board of Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, visit

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