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"We're at a moment when a lot of people are asking what is America, what represents America. Certainly, I think that the family farm is a main ingredient of what made America."
——Dave Matthews
FARM AID SELLS OUT
24,000 Attend 14th Installment of Benefit Concert, Food Donations to Be Sent to NYC
After 16 years, Farm Aid is still going strong.

The event, which held its 14th benefit concert on Saturday (9/29) in Noblesville, IN, just north of Indianapolis, attracted a sold-out crowd of 24,000 concertgoers who demonstrated their support for America’s struggling family farmers.

The lineup for Farm Aid 2001 included performances by original Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Crazy Horse and John Mellencamp, as well as the Doobie Brothers, Martina McBride, a special solo performance by Dave Matthews (a new Farm Aid board member), Arlo Guthrie, Acoustic Syndicate, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Reyser and Chris Knight.

"We're here to make sure family farmers continue to be part of this country's future, now more than ever," said Farm Aid President and founder Nelson. "The future of the American family farmer is the future of our families, our communities, and the quality of our food and environment."

In light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Nelson called for the federal government to renew support that farmers, oil and steel producers received during World War II—special subsidies to help them cover production and labor costs. "Well, it's wartime again," Nelson said. "Let's bring it back."

Farm Aid organizers called this year's event a "Concert for America," and pledged money to rebuild farmers' markets that were destroyed near the World Trade Center. As a gesture of solidarity and respect for the many people affected by the terror attacks, Farm Aid teamed up with Patchwork Family Farms to donate 5,000 pounds of farm-raised meat products. International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger attended the concert to thank Americans for their overwhelming support and accepted the food donation.

"We're at a moment when a lot of people are asking what is America, what represents America," said Dave Matthews. "Certainly, I think that the family farm is a main ingredient of what made America."

Farm Aid was founded in 1985 to raise public awareness about the plight of the American family farmer and to provide assistance to those families whose livelihood depends on agriculture. Since then, Farm Aid has granted nearly $16 million to more than 100 farm organizations, churches and service agencies in 44 states.

For the fourth consecutive year, the event was telecast as a live six-hour event on CMT. At press time, the amount raised by Farm Aid 2001 was undisclosed.

Those who wish to help America's family farmer can call 1-800-FARM AID to make a donation.

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