Country star Willie Nelson has penned an open letter to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama asking for government support for family farmers.
Nelson, president of the Farm Aid organisation, is seeking Obama's support to boost awareness about their Good Food Movement, which aims to spread news of the benefits of food grown on family farms.
In the letter, the singer writes, "(The Good Food Movement) has grown and thrived almost entirely without the support of the federal government.
"However, now is the right moment for the leadership of our country to take a role in this important movement. In fact, the future of our economy, our environment and our health demand it.
"Now is the time for our country to recognise and call on family farmers' ingenuity, strength and value to our past and our future. We can have strong local economies, green energy, a clean environment, healthy citizens and good food.
"All of these start with family farmers. I look forward to working with you to make this vision of a family farm system of agriculture a reality."
Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday (04Nov08).