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11/22/2010 - This Thanksgiving weekend, SIRIUS XM Willie’s Place (Sirius 64, XM 13) gives “thanks” to America’s family farmers that put good food on our tables, with a special rebroadcast of the 25th annual Farm Aid concert “Growing Hope for America,” held last month at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI. The rebroadcast will air Thanksgiving Day noon-7 pm ET and again on Sunday, November 28 1-8 pm ET.

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09/27/2010 - In celebration of Farm Aid 25 this weekend in Milwaukee, Farm Aid has been posting some clips from the first concert. Here is John performing the then brand new "Rain On The Scarecrow" in Champaign, IL on September 22, 1985. After the jump we have a larger version of this video.
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09/22/2010 - Today is the 25th Anniversary of the first Farm Aid. In celebration of the date Farm Aid president Carolyn Mugar wrote the following op-ed piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

On Sept. 22, 1985, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp came together to host the first Farm Aid concert in front of 78,000 farmers, fans and activists. They thought the event in Champaign, Ill., would be the first and only Farm Aid concert - that the overwhelming public outcry would spur public officials to act immediately to right the obvious inequities that were forcing thousands of farm families off their land and out of their homes.

None of us could have anticipated the movement that concert sparked in 1985, and 25 years later, I can proudly say that Farm Aid has not quit. We've not only kept family farmers on their land, we have created new farmers; helped farmers transition to... Read More
09/22/2010 - On September 22, 1985, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young organized the first Farm Aid concert to help family farmers stay on their land. Twenty-five years later, with the added support of Dave Matthews, who joined the Farm Aid board of directors in 2001, Farm Aid leaders say the organization is going strong.

Farm Aid put out a press release about the anniversary which you can read after the jump. Additionally they have several excellent items of note recapping the anniversary at www.farmaid.org/25

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