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Rain on the scarecrow

Rain on the ScarecrowJohn MellencampThe Plight of the American Farmer

In the 1980's the majority of American Midwest farms were taken by banks due to the fact that it cost too much money to keep them running. Small farming towns started disapperaing because families couldn't afford to run their farms and collect more debt.Farms became more expensive because the prices of land rose.

He was born on October 7, 1951 in Seymour Indiana.John is an American musician, singer, song writer, and painter.In 2008, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.He wrote "Rain on the Scarecrow" with George Green.Mellencamp was one of the original founders of the concert Farm Aid.John Mellecamp was interested in the fate of the small family farms around his home town in Indiana. He was concerned that big factories would soon take over the farms and that America would lose their local fresh food supply.

The Purchase of America's FarmsBy Banks

John Mellencamp

The crops we grew last summer weren't enough to pay the loansCouldn't buy the seed to plant this spring and theFarmers Bank foreclosedCalled my old friend Schepman up to auction off the landHe said John it's just my job and I hope you understandHey calling it your job ol' hoss sure don't make it rightBut if you want me to I'll say a prayer for your soul tonightAnd grandma's on the front porch swing with a Bible in her handSometimes I hear her singing "Take me to the Promised Land"When you take away a man's dignity he can'tWork his fields and cows

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Farm Aid was a concert founded in 1985 by John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young to generate awareness about the loss of family farms, as well as raise money to aid farming families.The Farm Aid nonprofit orginization has raised over $48 million dollars for families at risk for their farms being taken away. This year's concert took place in Chicago and featured many popular bands and artists such as; John Mellencamp, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and Tim Renynolds. All of the food at each concert comes from the local farms in the town which the event is being held. Not only does this help the farms earn money, but demonstrate to the concert go-ers what it means and tastes like to eat fresh.

Farm Aid


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