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USA: Superstar musicians bring out the fans while raising
US$1.1 million for family farms
By Sasha Regher - October 4, 2006

Twenty-one years after first concert, Farm Aid’s cause and music still rocks

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews

CAMDEN, USA - Farm Aid’s near-annual concert took place in New Jersey with a mix of the old and new as founders John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young joined forces with musicians across genres, including Gov’t Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis and Steel Pulse. Though its goals have changed, Farm Aid is still about the family farm. The focus this year was on educating urban consumers about where their food comes from. Since its debut 21 years ago, Farm Aid has raised US$30 million while helping set up farmers markets and encouraging organically grown produce. The primary draw may have been the musicians, but the message still got across. As one fan put it, “I came for the bands, but I support the cause.”

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