Nelson Challenges Candidates to Aid Farmers

In this election year, Willie Nelson continues his 15-year battle on behalf of 2 million American family farmers by asking voters to support those candidates who champion farming issues. Nelson made his plea in a public letter issued Friday (Aug. 25). Corporately controlled farms and failed farm legislation have caused overproduction of grain, livestock and dairy products, forcing small farmers to sell their yield at less than production cost, according to a news release from Farm Aid, the non-profit organization established by Nelson for the support of farmers. Nelson also has challenged presidential candidates George W. Bush, Al Gore, Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan and other legislators to hear firsthand the concerns of family farmers by attending the 15th anniversary Farm Aid concert Sept. 17 in Bristow, Va., outside Washington, D.C.