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2009-05-18 15:07:00

Farm Aid petition calls on Secretary Vilsack to set fair price for dairy farmers Somerville, Mass., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The drastic drop in milk prices paid to farmers over the past year has led to an unprecedented crisis for dairy farmers who, on average, are being paid less than half the cost of production. Low prices and high production costs threaten to push nearly one-third of dairy farmers off their land over the next couple of months, strengthening corporate control of...

2009-04-01 18:31:00

Stone-Buhr's FindTheFarmer.com Connects Consumers with Farmers SAN FRANCISCO, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers market shoppers are familiar with the joys of tasting farm-fresh foods and meeting the local farmers who bring them to market. Increasingly, consumers are seeking out the story behind their food choices, where and how they are made, and by whom - easy with products like fruit, cheese and honey at a farmers market, but until now, pretty hard when speaking about a product such as...

2009-03-10 14:51:00

Key Senate leaders join effort to urge farm loan restructuring SOMERVILLE, Mass., March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While the Obama Administration begins to implement the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Program, Farm Aid and farm, rural and housing advocates from across the country have joined to urge Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ensure that family farmers also have the ability to restructure their loans to avoid foreclosure. More...

2009-02-02 13:00:00

Financial health of family farmers critical to successful economic recovery SOMERVILLE, Mass., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Congress negotiates the second installment of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds and debates the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), Farm Aid and farm advocates from across the country today outlined the important contributions family farmers make to the U.S. economy and the federal actions that are necessary to protect agriculture economy...

2009-01-15 11:18:00

SOMERVILLE, Mass., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm Aid announced today that it granted $557,550 in 2008 to family farm and rural service organizations nationwide. The organization invested more than $68,000 alone in programs that support family farm agriculture across New England, which was home to its 2008 benefit concert. "Farm Aid is proud to support the hands-on work of building a sustainable, family farm-based food system on the local, state, regional and national levels," said...

2008-10-13 12:00:29

To: FOOD EDITORS Contact: Mark Kastel of The Cornucopia Institute, +1-608-625- 2042 Corporate Takeover Threatens Farmers,Mission CORNUCOPIA, Wis., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Groups representing organic farmers and their customers are calling on consumers to help save the organic industry by exclusively patronizing dairies, and other brands, that uphold the spirit and letter of federal organic law. They claim the acquisition of major brands by corporate agribusiness, and their...

2008-09-25 17:46:30

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Maria Enie, +1-202-331-4323, menie@vancomm.com, for Farm Aid Open Letter to Congress Calls for $1 Billion Investment in Farm Communities to SolveAmerica's Economic, Environmental, Energy and Health Problems SOMERVILLE, Mass.,Sept. 25/PRNewswire-USNewswire/--In response to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout currently being considered by Congress, the Farm Aid Board of Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews sent an open...

2008-09-22 15:00:00

By BOB KEYES On a day when all eyes focused on Willie Nelson, Neil Young and their Farm Aid brethren, a shy farmer from Brunswick reluctantly stole a small sliver of spotlight. At a press briefing prior to the first Farm Aid concert in New England on Saturday, Brenna Chase found herself seated somewhat uncomfortably alongside Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and just a few chairs down from some of the biggest music stars in the world. Not that she wasn't thrilled to be there, but Chase,...

2008-09-20 12:00:29

To: FAMILY EDITORS Contact: Maria Enie for Farm Aid, On Sept. 20, +1-724-816-3368, After Sept. 20, +1-202-331-4323, menie@vancomm.com MANSFIELD, Mass., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family farmers play a critical role in addressing the economic, environmental and public health crises facing the country, said Farm Aid at its sold-out annual benefit concert held today at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., just outside of Boston. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil...

2008-09-19 21:00:17

By DANIEL GEWERTZ When Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Kenny Chesney bring the annual Farm Aid concert to New England for the first time tomorrow, it will be a homecoming of sorts. That's because the national offices of Farm Aid are housed in a modest brick building in Somerville on Ward Street, a block from East Cambridge and far from the bucolic family farms it exults. "We're thrilled to have the concert practically in our back yard this year," said Glenda...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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