Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid on Randall's Island Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 in New York. Nelson is looking to become dog's best friend. The country music star has filmed a television spot supporting an anti-dogfighting bill that is moving through the Georgia Legislature. State Sen. Chip Rogers, the bill's author, hopes to get the spot on TV and radio around the time of the Dec. 10, 2007, sentencing for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) _ Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson says the
organization will give $30,000 to groups that help family farmers
in areas of Texas and Louisiana hit hardest by Hurricanes Ike and
Nelson, a native Texan, announced the grants Thursday. They include $7,500 each to the Lutheran Social Services of the South, the Southern Mutual Help Association, the Louisiana Interchurch Conference and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives.
Farm Aid, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, says more money will be distributed as the extent of the hurricane damage becomes clearer.
Farm Aid, the nation's longest-running benefit concert, has raised more than $30 million since its first show in 1985.
The concert, scheduled for September 20th, will be held in New England for the first time.
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