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Our Shared History: Beginning Days of Farm Aid

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Published on Nov 30, 2015

“We were lucky. We had Farm Aid to come together and celebrate…We had ways to build the love together.”
~ Mark Ritchie, Former Minnesota Secretary of State

The Farm Aid 30: Strength From Our Roots gathering occurred on September 17 & 18, 2015. The gathering’s first panel revisited the conditions sparked the first Farm Aid concert in the 1980s, what family farmers were experiencing and what it meant for Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young to join family farmers in their struggle.

Moderator: Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

Panel:
Carolyn Mugar, Farm Aid
Mark Ritchie, Former Minnesota Secretary of State
David Senter, American Agriculture Movement
Roger Allison, Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Paul Sobocinski, Land Stewardship Project
Helen Waller, National Save the Family Farm Coalition
Ralph Paige, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

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Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube

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