Farm Aid Asks for Donations to Help America’s Farmers Affected by Hurricanes

September 18, 2008
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HURRICANE_IKE-EMAIL[7]This week I received an email from Farm Aid Founder and Board member Willie NelsonFarm Aid is asking for your donations to help America’s affected farmers.  All donations are welcome.

This summer’s hurricane season has been a tough one for America’s family farmers. First, Hurricane Gustav struck in Louisiana, with expected losses of close to $500 million to farmers. Now Hurricane Ike has hit and large swaths of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana were declared federal disaster areas on September 13. While major cities have received the lion’s share of national attention, rural areas in both states have sustained substantial damage, and many farms and ranches are facing flooded crop and pastureland as well as evacuation or outright loss of livestock. According to some reports, Texas ranchers have already lost over 6,000 beef cattle.

Farm Aid is working now with local farm groups, churches, and rural organizations to get emergency funds out to affected farmers as quickly as possible. Search and rescue operations are concluding after having rescued nearly 4,000 people, and the work to fully assess the damage is just beginning.
Farm Aid has a long history of helping farm families survive disasters — but we need your donation to do it. Can you help by making a tax-deductible donation of $25, $100, $500, or $1,000?

When major disasters like this strike, desperate farmers and farm organizations call Farm Aid. With your help, Farm Aid can help by providing emergency funds for families to buy food and cover living expenses and by supporting emergency hotlines and organizations that provide legal, financial and emotional counseling to farm families in need.

Please make an emergency contribution to Farm Aid’s Family Farm Disaster Fund right now and we will rush your funds to the stricken area.

Stay Strong and Positive,

Willie Nelson

P.S. Disasters like this bring people together, and right now family farmers need your help. Your gift goes a long way toward helping a flooded farm family.

Farm Aid works hard for America and America’s farmers.  Can you help out?

On Saturday, September 20th, Farm Aid will hold its annual concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts.FARMAIDTREELOGO2008 For more about Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic, visit www.farmaid.org/concert.

About Farm Aid
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family-farmed food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.