Farm Aid is offering emergency assistance to farm families devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The organization on Friday (Sept. 2) activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to encourage donations to provide farm families the help they need to recover from the hurricane and to continue farming. "This is a moment when each of us can take stock of what we can offer to everyone affected by this catastrophe, and Farm Aid is in a position to act for farm families," said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. "Crop and livestock losses will be massive. Many farm buildings were destroyed in the storm and ensuing flooding. A disaster of this magnitude can be a breaking point for many Southern family farms." In addition to funds provided by donors throughout the nation, Farm Aid has sent an initial $30,000 to several of its partner family farm organizations in Gulf Coast region.