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Willie Nelson knew that farmers were in dire straits on the eve of his 1993 Farm Aid fund-raiser, April 24 in Ames, Iowa. Hundreds of farmers were already in need of financial help, but thousands more faced foreclosure due to the terrible spring floods of 1993.
Heavy rains had caused the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to overflow, destroying eight million acres of crops. Midwest family farmers had few resources left to deal with the effects of the floods. So Farm Aid created the Family Farm Disaster Fund to support organizations that worked directly with struggling farm families.
The Farm Aid concert that year featured Willie, Martina McBride, Dwight Yoakam and others lifting their voices -- and raising funds to help those stricken farmers. Just as important, it assured a continuing food supply for the nation.
"The fight to save family farms isn't just about farmers," said Willie. "It's about a better America." Since Farm Aid began in 1985, it has granted more than $15 million to farm organizations and agencies.