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Farm Aid “Still Needed” September 30, 2006

Posted by Michael in Economics, Food, Gardening.

Farm Aid Press Conference 

I know that this is supposed to be a worthy cause.  I suppose they have accomplished some good things over the years.  But, why the heck is Farm Aid still going on?

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago


John Mellencamp never figured Farm Aid would still be needed now, 21 years after its debut as one of many moments of musicians trying to do good in the 1980s. “We thought we’d have the concert and the government would change things,” he said before taking stage at the nearly annual concert Saturday.

When Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young founded the charity in 1985, they were mostly concerned with saving family farms, which were going out of business fast in a time when land values were falling and interest rates were soaring.

So, actually, it’s clear that Farm Aid is not needed, Mr. Moroncamp.   Interest rates have come way down and land prices have rebounded.  Why is Farm Aid still around? 

The mission has changed over the years. With the farm crisis passed, the organization is mostly concerned now with connecting farmers and consumers. They talked as much Saturday about getting kids to eat fresh food as they did about keeping farms commercially viable. [Emphasis added.]

Good grief.  They morphed it into a nutrition program.  Maybe I’m just getting cynical, but I have a sneaking suspicion that John, Willie and Neil would turn “Farm Aid” into a crusade against urban poverty if it was necessary to keep this publicity stunt going.

“We started out trying to save the family farm,” Nelson said at a pre-concert news conference in which the rockers sat among farmers. “Now, it looks like the family farm is going to save us.”

Where did I put that barf bag?

Farm Aid aims to educate on healthy food


1. Michael - September 30, 2006

Mellencamp deserves special recognition for the awesomely stupid moonbat remark: ““We thought we’d have the concert and the government would change things.”

2. kevlarchick - September 30, 2006

Have they stopped bitching about ADM? And considering Willie is still very prodigious in his ganja consumption, he probably makes a strong case about crop yields and the like.

3. Sobek - September 30, 2006

Michael, that’s the line I was about to quote. And then offer at least one of the following comments:

1. They should have featured nubile, oiled 15-year-old boys on the stage, and I bet the government would have taken keen interest.

2. As retarded as our elected officials are, sometimes they have the good sense not to let someone with the middle name of “Cougar” dictate national regulatory policy.

3. Land values would probably drop significantly if all the ground used to grow Willie’s weed were converted into legal uses.

4. It sure is a good thing that federal law requires you to get a doctorate degree in economics before you can write folk records, or I might start to think Neil Young was unqualified to speak authoritatively on subsidies.

4. sandy burger - September 30, 2006

I care so much about farmers that I support them every single day by purchasing food. I should get a tax deduction.

5. Michael - September 30, 2006

Sandy, you support them with umpteen subsidy programs that you don’t even know about. Do you think you are paying a market price for milk? Chump. The NRA is a bunch of pussies on K Street compared to the Dairy Farmers.

6. GrumpyUnk - October 1, 2006

I worked for Mellencamp on a couple of tours. Not getting a Mensa invite anytime soon. His politics changed after he married his current wife.

7. Retired Geezer - October 1, 2006

I worked for Mellencamp on a couple of tours.

Really? What did you do?

Here’s a chance to drop my Roadie joke:

You know the difference between a Pig and a Roadie?

You won’t find a Pig wandering around a hotel at 1am looking for a Roadie.

Ba-Dump bump.

8. GrumpyUnk - October 2, 2006

Thank you, Thank you. Remember to tip your waitress! Funny because it’s true.

I worked the Cutting Heads Tour in 01 and the Summer Work Tour in 02 and a couple of special gigs also. It was an interesting job. I didn’t do real roadie work. I took care of Mellencamps friend Jay. He was sort of the official mascot.

Here’s a couple of links to some short things I wrote about the job. Easier than writing it all here.



9. Retired Geezer - October 2, 2006

That first story about Jay was pretty good. My wife’s cousin just had a stroke and I can see a lot of parallels.

Here’s something in the ‘What goes around, comes around” or maybe “Small World” department:
Go to the ‘jay-and-mellencamp’ link and click on the ‘SondraK and the funniest movie line ever’ link on the right.
Click the SondraK link and look at what’s written by the Gold Star.

I didn’t know how to post videos at that time so I sent it to my Blogmama, SondraK.

10. Anonymous - October 2, 2006

RG, If you know how to embed YouTube videos, the same video can be found here.

11. GrumpyUnk - October 2, 2006

Whoa, Geezer!! I felt the earth move there for a minute. What do you think the odds are of that? Damn. You just majorly laid out your “street cred”, as the younguns’ say. Cool.

12. Retired Geezer - October 3, 2006

Luke Unk, I am your Father.

13. GrumpyUnk - October 3, 2006

So one of those voices I hear in my head is yours?

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